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Beyond lone parents: extending welfare-to-work to disabled people and the young unemployed

Bruce Stafford

in The welfare we want?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9781861344083
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303992 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861344083.003.0006
Beyond lone parents: extending welfare-to-work to disabled people and the young unemployed

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In contrast to the USA, the UK has gone beyond targeting welfare-to-work at lone parents and has embraced other client groups. This chapter explores how a generic, caseworker model of welfare-to-work has been applied in Britain to young people and disabled people. Both programmes are members of the New Deal family, but differ, as might be expected, in rationale, objectives, detail, size, and outcomes. Both New Deals seek to improve the employability of their clients and prioritise job placements. The New Deal for Young People aims to remove barriers to immediate employment, so participants move as quickly as possible into employment, and to enhance longer-term employability through provision of advice/support and training. The New Deal for Disabled People is intended not only to assist those disabled people that wish to work, but also, through local partnerships, to promote the abilities of people with long-term health problems and to extend the range of services available to them.

Keywords: welfare-to-work; Britain; young people; disabled; New Deal; employment; health

Chapter.  13298 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Sociology

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