Pathways to what?: making the single work programme work for people on health-related benefits

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Tarr, Amy
Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion
Date of publication
1 June 2010
Employment, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This report argues that the Work Programme presents an opportunity for the government to ensure that people with health conditions and/or disabilities are empowered to take ownership of their pathway into work by introducing new personal welfare budgets (PWBs). The introduction of PWBs would ensure that participants on the Work Programme claiming either Employment and Support Allowance or who have been transferred from Incapacity Benefit to Job Seekers Allowance are not left behind. But it would go further. Not only would this system ensure that these people are not parked in the system, it would encourage ownership of their pathway to work, embed choice and, ensure that the individual is truly at the centre of activation policies.

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