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

CALL FOR CASH BOOST TO AID JOBLESS 'HARD CASES'

D Turner

Financial Times, January 2nd 2003, p.2

Companies in the vanguard of labour's welfare-to-work plans will need a boost in public funding to reflect the much greater difficulty of putting many of the remaining jobless into work, according to Keith Faulkner, managing director of Britain's top private-sector job broker Working Links.

RETHINKING YOUTH TRANSITIONS: POLICY TRANSFER AND NEW EXCLUSIONS IN LABOUR'S NEW DEAL

R Fergusson

Policy Studies, vol. 23, 2002, p.173-190

Argues that policies developed by New Labour to tackle social exclusion among young people, such as the New Deal, are based on US workfare programmes. Their impact, as in the US, is likely to be limited because they depress entry-level wages and force young people into low-paid and insecure employment. Training offered as part of the New Deal for Young People is of variable quality and generally inadequate. Throughput targets encourage providers to focus on the more employable of their clients, excluding marginalised groups such as ethnic minorities and the disabled.

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