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

BUILDING HOPES

D. Walker

Guardian Society, March 26th 2003, p. 23

The government's flagship for a fairer society is five years old. The author assesses the New Deal and its future.

MULTIPLE DISADVANTAGE IN EMPLOYMENT: A QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS

R. Berthoud

York: York Publishing Services, 2003

People at high risk of non-employment are:

  • lone parents; disabled people;
  • those with low qualifications and skills;
  • those in their 50s;
  • those living in areas of weak labour demand;
  • members of certain minority ethnic groups.

The research shows that variations in the risk of non-employment can largely be explained just by adding together the independent effects of each contributory factor. This additive pattern suggests that addressing the hindrances to employment associated with one kind of disadvantage will yield dividends without having to worry too much about its links with all possible other disadvantages.

ONE IN FOUR LONE PARENTS ON NEW DEAL JOBS PROGRAMME WOULD BE NO BETTER OFF IN WORK

D. Turner

Financial Times, March 7th 2003, p.3

More than a quarter of lone parents entering the government's flagship jobs programme for single mothers would see no financial gain from going to work. Most of this group would be worse off financially, according to a report by the Department for Work and Pensions.

WORK FOR DISABLED PEOPLE: THE ACHILLES' HEEL OF LABOUR'S WELFARE-TO-WORK AGENDA?

S. Regan and K. Stanley

New Economy, vol. 10, 2003, p. 56-61

Discusses likely success of current policy initiatives such as the New Deal for Disabled People in encouraging people to leave Incapacity Benefit and return to work. Goes on to explore the impact of a raft of new initiatives floated in the "Pathways to Work" green paper.

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