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Welfare Reform on the Web (April 2002): Social Security - UK - New Deal

DOLE REVERSAL

M. McHale

Public Finance, Jan. 11th-17th 2002, p. 18-20

Describes how the merger of the Benefits Agency and the Employment Service will lead to the creation of a network of "one-stop shops" offering both benefits and employment advice to claimants.

INDIVIDUAL AGENCY AND THE EXPERIENCE OF NEW DEAL

S. Williams

Journal of Education and Work, vol. 15, 2002, p. 53-74

Article uses the experience of a small number of unemployed youngsters taking part in the government's New Deal programme to show how their personal characteristics and motivations influence their ability to take advantage of the opportunities offered.

NEW DEAL PROJECTS MUST REFLECT LOCAL ASPIRATIONS

P. Hammill

Axis, Dec. 2001/Jan. 2002, p. 21

Argues that improvements planned under the New Deal for Communities initiative must reflect the wishes of local residents and businesses.

WORK FOR THOSE WHO CAN

H. Aslam

Working Brief, issue 130, 2002, p. 15-17

Incapacity Benefit claimants need to be more appropriately and effectively supported into work and training. Jobcentre Plus advisers need to make claimants more aware of opportunities for doing therapeutic work without losing benefits entitlements. More support needs to be offered to claimants who fail the personal capability assessment so that those who are not fit to work are offered training and other support to become job ready. The provision of Disability Employment Advisers needs to be extended so that more are working at all job centres on a full time basis.

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