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

BUDGET IMPACT ON WELFARE TO WORK

P. Bivand

Working Brief, no. 134, 2002, p. 10-11

Article outlines the welfare to work measures announced in the 2002 budget. These include an extension to support for lone parents, a pilot for a change to the eligibility criteria for the New Deal 25+ and the introduction of a mandatory Gateway to Work course into New Deal 25+ in London, Manchester, Dundee and Swansea. Also discusses how the new Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit will change the nature of the poverty traps facing people on benefit considering entering work.

WORK FOR A PITTANCE - OR ELSE

J. Williamson

The Guardian, Apr. 26th 2002, p. 18

Article draws attention to the proposed Step Up scheme, to be piloted in six regions, under which people not in work within six months of passing through the New Deal programme will be given jobs with local employers at the minimum wage subsidised by the government. Failure to accept will result in loss of benefits. Author notes the increasing use of withholding benefit as a sanction within employment legislation.

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