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

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE DISABLED

S. Williams

Working Brief, No. 145, 2003, p.14-17

The article discusses approaches to helping incapacity Benefit claimants rejoin the labour market. It covers the roles of the New Deal for Disabled People and in-work benefits.

PATHWAYS TO WORK: HELPING PEOPLE INTO EMPLOYMENT: THE GOVERNMENT'S RESPONSE AND ACTION PLAN

Department for work and pensions

London: TSO, 2003 (Cm 5830)

The paper announces the launch in October 2003 of pilot schemes to encourage people on Incapacity Benefit to return to work. The pilots will offer claimants the services of specialist skilled advisors, and a more sustained work-focused interview regime. Advisers will offer clients in-work support to help them in the transition to employment and access to Jobcentre Plus employment programmes will be simplified. Employment-focused rehabilitation programmes will be offered by local NHS providers in the pilot areas.

WELFARE AND WORK: A JOINED-UP AGENDA

T. Bewich and W. Somerville

Working Brief, no. 145, 2003, p.24-27

Low-skilled people in the UK are trapped in a cycle of low-paid, insecure work and unemployment. Attempts to break the cycle are hampered by poor access to training. The authors argue for a new settlement bringing together the government's welfare to work and skills policies.

WELFARE TO WORK'S FIVE CHALLENGES

D. Simmonds

Working Brief, no. 145, 2003, p.10-11

The article outlines five challenges facing the UK government's active labour market programmes. These are:

  • getting sick people, disabled people and lone parents off benefits and into work;
  • rolling out Jobcentre Plus;
  • improving incentives to find and keep a job;
  • reforming the new deal 18-24 and 25+;
  • engaging effectively with minority ethnic groups.

WHY ISN'T JOB FINDING SEXY?

J. Baldrey

Working Brief, No. 145, 2003, p.12-13

The article discusses the role of job finding agencies in community regeneration. These agencies specialise in matching unemployed people with jobs.

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