Welfare isn’t working: the New Deal for young people

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Field, Frank; White, Patrick
Date of publication
1 May 2007
Social Policy, Children and Young People, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This audit looked at the New Deal for Young People programme, first introduced on 6 April 1998 and attempted to answer the question: how successful had the New Deal, costing almost £2 billion, been in combating youth unemployment? It concluded that the New Deal had had only a modest impact on unemployment, on the numbers not in education, employment or training, and therefore the numbers recorded as inactive. The New Deal needed to be recast as a matter of urgency. Changes needed to be introduced to:

  • Implement the New Deal from day one of unemployment.
  • Devolve employment schemes and budget powers to local offices giving them the ability to promote individual programmes.
  • Encourage local offices to work with any organisation or firm offering successful employment programmes for young people
  • Embrace time-limiting benefit where there had been continuous expansion in jobs.

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