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

ACCESS TO WORK BLOCKED AS DISABLED PEOPLE REMAIN UNAWARE OF INITIATIVE

C. Taylor

Community Care, 21-27 August 2003, p.16-17

Access to work, the government flagship scheme to help disabled people enter the job market, for example by adapting a desk for a wheelchair user, is failing as too few disabled people know it exists. Those involved in disabled charities fear that although the government talks about encouraging disabled people to seek employment it doesn't want to invest in the project and therefore does not publicise it. Charities fear that the lack of publicity surrounding the scheme will discourage employers from taking on disabled people as they incorrectly think that they will have to fund the extra support the employees require.

WELFARE POLICIES "RISK SPREAD OF LOW SKILLS CULTURE"

D. Turner

The Financial Times, September 5th 2003, p.7

The government's work and welfare policies, which prevent many unemployed people from studying full time, are creating a low skills culture. The Learning and Skills Development Agency has accused the government of seeking "quick fix solutions" and it stressed that curtailing opportunities for the low skilled to improve their prospects could keep them out of the workforce.

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