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Welfare Reform on the Web (August 2006): Social security - UK - New Deal

Active labour market policy and the reduction of poverty in the “new” Scotland

G. Scott

Critical Social Policy, vol.26, 2006, p.669-684

In Scotland, disability, age, ethnicity and lone parenthood are key correlates of both worklessness and poverty. The devolved Scottish administration has responded with a plethora of initiatives to help disadvantaged groups get off welfare and into work. However, available entry-level jobs are insecure and low-paid, and there is an urgent need for more investment in training and career development to help people progress to better positions. There is also a need for investment in health services, transport and social housing to reduce inequality generally.

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