The research examined the labour market experiences of people with multiple needs or problems. It found that welfare to work was not helping them as it ignored their life needs, of which work was only one part. The continuing, flexible support they need is not being provided by the current system.
A. Dudze-Authur and N. Branovsky
Working Brief, Issue 154, May 2004, p.10-13
Ethnic minorities are disadvantaged in the labour market by low educational attainment, discrimination and concentration in areas of deprivation. The article describes steps which can be taken to improve job outcomes including intensive targeted help through Jobcentre Plus, in-work support, and identification of critical success factors in delivering employment services for ethnic minorities.
The Guardian, June 28th 2004, p.8
A Labour initiative to dismantle one of the lasting legacies of the Thatcher era appears to have failed as figures show an increase in the number of people dependent on the controversial incapacity benefit. Ministers pledged to cut back on the benefit as part of their 'welfare to work' programme, but the new figures show that for the first time more than 50% of claimants have been on incapacity benefit for more than five years.