International Social Security Review, Vol. 57, Apr.-June 2004, p.87-106
The New Deal, which provides job opportunities for the unemployed, can only deliver low-paid jobs. Social security policy in the UK has linked the New Deal to tax credit schemes which provide in-work benefits designed to ensure that people will accept poorly paid employment.
Working Brief, Issue 153, 2004, p.16-17
The paper presents an overview of provisions in the 2004 budget that are designed to forward the government's aim of full employment. These include changes to Jobseekers Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, and the Minimum Wage. Other measures are targeted on particular groups such as lone parents and ethnic minorities.
The report proposes a series of changes to the benefits system that would encourage young people aged 16-19 to stay on in education. Plans include allowing young people who start courses before they are 19 to continue receiving benefits if they turn 19 before finishing the course and ensuring that the benefits system gives better support to young people who are estranged from their parents. It also includes plans to improve young people's access to benefits advice and suggests creating a youth allowance for 16-to-19-year-olds.