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Local labour markets in public policy context

Sue Yeandle, Cinnamon Bennett, Lisa Buckner, Karen Escott and Linda Grant

in Policy for a change

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420541
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302988 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420541.003.0002
Local labour markets in public policy context

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This chapter highlights the demographic change (patterns of age and family situation), migration (movements between localities or between countries), and the response of local residents to shifts in the types of jobs available near where they live. Next, it pays attention to the labour-market activation and reform of the social security system, regeneration and social inclusion, skills and productivity, and equality and diversity. The chapter emphasizes the way these different policy fields have had an impact on and affected women, showing the broader consequences of the lack of ‘joined-up’ policy making. It is noted that women's interests have often been ignored and poorly understood by policy makers, with the result that most interventions designed to create a more effective labour market, accessible to all and offering progression opportunities for everyone able to benefit from them, have not worked well for most women.

Keywords: labour market; public policy; social security; women; migration; jobs; equality; social inclusion; diversity

Chapter.  10588 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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