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Welfare Reform on the Web (January 2003): Social Security - UK - New Deal

DISABLED PEOPLE'S WORK SCHEME UNVEILED

N Timmins

Financial Times, November 19th 2002, p.4

A £100m, three year pilot scheme to help people with disabilities back to work was announced yesterday by Andrew Smith, the Work and Pensions Minister. Six pilot areas, the first starting next October, aim to catch about 60,000 of the 700,000 people who yearly move onto incapacity benefit.

EMPLOYMENT ZONES

T Saunders

Working Brief, no. 139, 2002, p.10-12

Employment Zones offer an alternative delivery mechanism to the New Deal for providing services to long-term unemployed adults in areas of severe deprivation. They can be run by private companies or private/public partnerships. Employment zone personal advisers provide an individually tailored service to clients and have a detailed knowledge of local employers' recruitment needs. Providers are incentivised to place clients into work and keep them there. Article compares and contrasts this approach with that of the standard New Deal programme.

JOBLESS WHO REFUSE TO GET BETTER BASIC SKILLS FACE BENEFIT CUTS

D Turner

Financial Times, Nov 28th 2002, p.3

Government has signalled that unemployed people who refuse to improve their literacy and numeracy may face losing benefits. Forty per cent of the long term unemployed have trouble reading and writing.

TOUGH ON THE JOBLESS

Anon

Labour Research, vol 91, Nov 2002, p.12-13

Predicts that the Chancellor of the Exchequer will impose tougher benefit sanctions on unemployed people who do not co-operate with the various New Deal programmes. However, available evidence suggests that they need encouragement, rather than compulsion.

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