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The Age Discrimination Act: towards a culture change

A. Harrop

Working Brief, issue 179, Nov. 2006, p.10-13

This new legislation is aimed at tackling the problem of worklessness and underemployment amongst the over-50s by outlawing age discrimination in the workplace. However, those over 50 seeking work are likely to be handicapped by a combination of poor health and low skills, which may prevent their getting a job even in the absence of age discrimination. They need support and training to facilitate their return to employment.

City strategies: time to be bold

N. Branosky

Working Brief, issue 179, Nov. 2006, p.25-27

In January 2006, City Strategies were formally proposed in the green paper on welfare reform as a new initiative to give service providers and local employment and skills partners the opportunity to form a consortium to develop local services to help priority groups enter employment. Consortia would present a case for any new “freedoms and flexibilities” they required to make significant inroads into local unemployment rates. The City Strategy aims to increase employment rates amongst disadvantaged groups, tackle child poverty and increase retention and advancement.

Full employment, a New Deal for Welfare and the Cities Strategy … the story so far

C. Duffill and D.-L. Hurrell

Local Economy, vol.21, 2006, p.429-438

The 2006 Green Paper, A New Deal for Welfare, proposed the creation of local consortia to raise employment rates in the most deprived areas through improved coordination of existing support and funding streams. In May 2006 the Department for Work and Pensions invited local authorities to bid for funding to set up local employment consortia through its Cities Strategy programme. This article reports the progress of one consortium based in the West Midlands.

Mental health and the workplace: can attitudes change?

L. Hancock

Working Brief, issue 179, Nov. 2006, p.22-24

Some 40% of Incapacity Benefit claimants have a mental health problem. A key aim of the provisions of the Welfare Reform Bill published in July 2006 is to support them to return to work. This will require a significant change in the attitude of employers towards hiring people with a mental illness. The government’s Health, Work and Wellbeing Strategy launched in October 2005 is built on the premise that long-term unemployment is harmful to physical and mental health. It will promote the idea that work can be part of the solution to mental health problems, and aims to improve the provision of interventions to manage them, reducing relapses and prolonged periods of treatment.

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