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Welfare Reform on the Web (August 2001): Social Security - UK - New Deal

FUND TO HELP LONG-TERM JOBLESS FIND WORK

N. Timmins

Financial Times, June 12th 2001, p.6

Announces a 1.5m fund to train up 1,000 lone parents and long-term jobless people to work in the financial services industry.

GENDER AND NEW LABOUR'S SOCIAL POLICIES

K. Rake

Journal of Social Policy, vol. 30, 2001, p.209-231

Article looks at gender and New Labour's social policies and ideas of a contract between the citizen and the state in which rights and responsibilities are conjoined. Briefly looks at the 'welfare to work' programmes, the idea of making work pay by enhancing the rewards to paid work relative to benefit income. Article focuses on how the New Deals, tax, benefit policy and childcare policies effect the roles of the citizen worker, parent and carer and spouse or partner.

GOVERNMENT'S RESPONSE TO THE FIFTH REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE, SESSION 2000-01: "NEW DEAL: AN EVALUATION"

Education and Employment Committee

London: TSU, 2001. (House of Commons papers session 2000/01: HC 519)

Government's comments on issues raised by the Committee including the achievement of sustained employment by New Dealers, development of basic skills, benefits sanctions for non-compliance; and improving the further education and training option.

'MAKING WORK PAY' - DEVISING THE BEST STRATEGY FOR LONE PARENTS IN BRITAIN

A. Gray

Journal of Social Policy, Vol. 30, 2001, p.189-207

This article looks at the implications of policies under New Labour to reduce welfare dependency in the U.K. Policies are aimed at lone parents through the governments 'New Deal' program, increased financial support for childcare and reduced benefits for non-working lone parents. Article examines policy alternatives and policy conflict; how parents will respond and it puts forward the idea that there is a need for a child-raising allowance.