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

EXTENDING NEW DEAL TO ALL YOUNG PEOPLE

J Perkins-Cohen

Working Brief, issue 136, 2002, p. 18-20

Young people currently have to spend six months on Job Seekers' Allowance (JSA) before they can proceed onto New Deal. Argues that allowing unemployed young people directly on to New Deal could have significant benefits.

EMPLOYING DRUG USERS: INDIVIDUAL AND SYSTEMIC BARRIERS TO REHABILITATION

H. Klee, I. McLean and C. Yavorsky

York: York Publishing Services, 2002

Study identifies the barriers facing problem drug users entering Educational, Training and Employment schemes in the North West of England. Found that advisers in mainstream agencies lacked time and training to deal with clients' health and social problems. Throughput targets set by funding bodies did not allow clients time to develop the basic skills that would enable them to find a job. The service was only suitable for the "job ready".

"IT WON'T CHANGE THE WORLD BUT IT TURNED MY LIFE AROUND": PARTICIPANTS VIEWS ON THE PERSONAL ADVISER SCHEME IN THE NEW DEAL FOR DISABLED PEOPLE

D. Heenan

Disability and Society, vol. 17, 2002, p.383-401

Describes the personal experiences of disabled people who have re-entered the labour force through the Personal Adviser Scheme in the New Deal for Disabled People. Argues that while the New Deal has its limitations, the positive aspects of the scheme deserve attention.

JOBCENTRE PLUS: THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN

L. Reith and L. Jacobs

Disability Rights Bulletin, Summer 2002 p. 10-13

The Jobcentre Plus service provides claimants with a "one-stop-shop" for advice about benefits and work opportunities, and is a practical manifestation of the government's "welfare to work" philosophy. Article is an account of the authors' visit to the Jobcentre Plus offices in Streatham and Willesden.

MOST YOUNGSTERS ARE FAILED BY NEW DEAL

W. Woodward

Guardian, July 31st 2002, p.10

The Adult Learning Inspectorate has argued in its annual report that the New Deal is ineffective in getting young unemployed people jobs or qualifications. About 40% of New Dealers go into full time education or training, but only 26% obtained a job and 31% a qualification at the end of their courses.

QUALITATIVE RESEARCH WITH CLIENTS: LONGER TERM EXPERIENCE OF A WORK FOCUSED SERVICE

C. Johnson and others

Department for Work and Pensions, 2002 (Research report; no 171)

Examines qualitative evidence on lone parents' experience of a mandatory annual review meeting with advisers and clients' longer term experiences of the ONE service (including caseloading, referral, advice from personal advisers and whether the service had tackled clients' barriers to work).

RIGHTS AND DUTIES IN THE NEW DEAL

P. Bivand

Working Brief, Issue 136, 2002, p. 15-17

Article looks at statistics relating to the imposition of sanctions on recalcitrant New Deal participants in the context of motivation and labour market conditions.

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