A new welfare settlement? The Coalition government and welfare-to-work

Alan Deacon and Ruth Patrick

in The Conservative Party and social policy

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9781847424334
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303718 | DOI:
A new welfare settlement? The Coalition government and welfare-to-work

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This chapter tries to address three questions: First, what are the central features of the welfare-to-work programmes that were developed by New Labour and will now be expanded and intensified by the Coalition government? Second, what explains the apparent consensus around these programmes? Third, what impacts are they likely to have upon different groups of claimants? There seems to be a marked reliance by the Coalition on efforts to reduce welfare entitlement and ensure that all benefits are strictly tied to efforts to seek work, alongside a notable commitment to simplify the benefits regime and improve the rewards of paid employment via the proposed Universal Credit. The key potential snagging points are reviewed with the current approach by exploring broad issues of concern before and focusing on two groups of benefit claimants particularly affected: lone parents and disabled people.

Keywords: welfare-to-work programmes; Coalition government; New Labour; Universal Credit; lone parents; disabled people

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