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The challenges of a work-first agenda for disabled people

Alan Roulstone and Colin Barnes

in Working futures?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346261
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304333 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346261.003.0002
The challenges of a work-first agenda for disabled people

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This chapter provides an overview of the policy area as a primer with which to read the rest of the book. It discusses the weight of barriers to gaining and keeping employment, the strengths and weaknesses of past policy, and the tensions at the heart of recent ideological and policy shifts towards a work-first agenda. The chapter notes that the weight of historical disadvantage experienced by disabled job seekers and workers is now well documented. It further notes that the principal policy response has been an increased governmental emphasis on ‘welfare through work’ and ‘work-based welfare’.

Keywords: policy area; employment; work-first agenda; disabled job seekers; welfare through work; work-based welfare

Chapter.  4639 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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