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

EMPLOYMENT FOR ALL: INTERIM REPORT

Work and Pensions Committee

London: TSO, 2003 (House of Commons papers, session 2002/03: HC 401)

Report sets out the interim findings of an inquiry into the effectiveness of government policy in increasing the employment rate of disabled people. The Committee is concerned that funding allocated to the New Deal for Disabled People is insufficient in the light of the number of people targeted and the amount of support they require. The report also raises concerns that disabled people are disadvantaged by the binary split between "incapacity" and "able to work", and that the divide between benefits and work is too inflexible for many disabled people to cross. Concludes that while this problem exists, work incentives will only have a limited effect. There is also a need to raise awareness among employers of their responsibilities under the Disability Discrimination Act.

PEOPLE INTO EMPLOYMENT: SUPPORTING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND CARERS INTO WORK

H. Arksey

Health and Social Care in the Community, vol.11, 2003, p.283-292

Presents the findings of a study of the People into Employment (PIE) project in Sunderland, England. The pilot employment project is designed to help people with disabilities, carers and former carers gain employment. Describes PIE's activities and identifies factors making the project a success.

TOP UP PLAN TO HELP POOR IN CAPITAL

H. Muir

The Guardian, May 1st 1003, p.8

Unemployed mothers in London may receive extra subsidies for childcare in an attempt to lift them out of the poverty trap. Proposals unveiled by the mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, would see parents in the most deprived areas of the capital given more help to find jobs.

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