Department for Work and Pensions
This new framework is intended to help people who become ill to stay in their jobs and to prevent them from leaving the workforce prematurely. It is a first step towards building a new approach to vocational rehabilitation. It provides a working definition of vocational rehabilitation, sets up a vocational rehabilitation steering group, establishes a Research Working Group and a Standards and Accreditation Working Group and highlights how the public sector can contribute by setting an example.
Department for Work and Pensions
London: TSO, 2004
In an economy approaching full employment, there are still pockets of worklessness among multiply disadvantaged groups. The report proposes that New Deal personal advisers are given a menu of options from which to construct flexible, personalised support packages for their clients, regardless of what benefit they are claiming. The menu includes Jobsearch support, addressing employability skills deficits, skills training for local labour markets, wage subsidies, work experience provision, careers advice, help to set up own business, and specialised support for the most disadvantaged.
Working Brief, No.155, 2004, p.10-12
In an economy approaching full employment, the UK's welfare-to-work programmes are in urgent need of reform. New Deal programmes should be made available to all claimants, regardless of benefits, and should offer a revised set of rights and responsibilities to participants. Focus needs to shift to keeping people in jobs and helping those in low paid work to advance their careers.
Working Brief, Issue 157, 2004, p.13-15
The charity Tomorrow's People helps individuals with long term health problems to re-enter the labour market. The article describes the work of an employment advisor placed in a London medical practice who provides health and welfare advice to help people off the sickness register and back into work.
Working Brief, No.155, 2004, p.13-14
The article argues that, in a period of low unemployment, welfare-to-work programmes should focus on helping the most disadvantaged to find jobs. They will soon be relegated to the back of the queue for assistance in the inevitable economic downturn.
C. Earl and V. Armijo
Working Brief, Issue 157, 2004, p.16-18
The Positive Futures partnership woks with employees and individuals with HIV or AIDS to overcome barriers to employment.
Working Brief, No.155, 2004, p.20-21
The article describes the Employment Retention and Advancement (ERA) project, which tests a new strategy for improving job retention and advancement for low paid workers. ERA offers a mix of financial incentives for keeping a job and advice and guidance from an Advancement Support Adviser who gives one-to-one support to each participant.
Working Brief, Issue 157, 2004, p.19-21
The article compares active labour market policies in the UK, the Netherlands and Denmark.
Working Brief, Issue 155, 2004, p.22-23
Nearly 13% of the working age population in North East England claims some form of incapacity benefit. The challenge of getting them back to work is now being tackled through the economic development strategy, The Northern Way, and through the "Pathways to Work" pilots launched in seven Jobcentre Plus districts.
National Audit Office
London: TSO, 2004 (House of Commons papers, session 2003/04; HC1026)
Found that good progress is being made in increasing the overall employment rate for older people despite a range of barriers. The employment rate of those over 50 has progressively increased since 1993, and the gap with the employment rate of all working age people is narrowing. However, substantial regional and local variations exist in employment rates for older people and the number who are economically inactive. Older people remain under-represented in most forms of training and education and age discrimination by employers remains a significant problem. Government is addressing these issues in a number of ways such as: