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Welfare Reform on the Web (October 2005): Social Security - UK - New Deal

Does Jobcentre Plus work for non-jobseekers?

E. Karagiannaki

Disability Rights Bulletin, Summer 2005, p.5-7

Paper summarises the results of research into whether Jobcentre Plus has been beneficial to claimants who are not jobseekers, and for whom returning to work is not a priority. Analysis identified an increase in the total end-to-end time for benefit receipt, which has resulted from the introduction of the work-focused interview as an additional stage of the benefit claiming process. This arises from the work-focus of the new organisation, and is detrimental to non-job-oriented claimants. On the other hand, a significant increase in the number of claimants who have received information on a range of issues is a positive aspect of Jobcentre Plus.

Lone parents, health and work

J. Casebourne

Working Brief, issue 158, 2004, p.10-13

Article outlines recent qualitative research on the impact of health problems on lone parents' decisions about work. Data were gathered from 112 interviews and six focus groups with female lone parents in London, Newcastle and Leeds/Bradford. Results showed that the health problems of lone parents on income support acted as an additional constraint to entering work alongside childcare difficulties, etc. Lone parents on health-related benefits had poor health/disability as their main constraint to entering work, but also faced all the other common constraints such as childcare difficulties.

Taking part in a randomised control trial: a participantís eye-view of the Job Retention and Rehabilitation Pilot

N. Stratford and others

Department for Work and Pensions, 2005 (Research report; no.273)

This report is part of the evaluation of the Job Retention and Rehabilitation Pilot. It contains interim findings about the experience of participating in the pilot, based on data from a qualitative panel survey, two surveys of participants, and the screening instrument. The report includes information about the characteristics of participants, the experience of entering the trial, including understanding of the randomisation process and reasons for joining, first impressions of providers and experiences of treatments received.

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