Job retention: a new policy priority 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:
Job retention: a new policy priority for disabled people

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This chapter concentrates on the extension of the New Labour government's policy agenda to promote social inclusion and to prioritise a broad programme of ‘welfare-to-work’, ‘job retention’, and sustained employment. It outlines the interest in job retention and then considers the different programmes directed at disabled people. The chapter notes that, in practice, the design of employment-support policies and the development of ‘good practice’ in the workplace have followed the implementation of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995. It concludes by illustrating the potential for involving organisations of disabled people, and a comprehensive ‘disabling social barriers’ perspective on the development of employment-support policies.

Keywords: New Labour; social inclusion; welfare-to-work; job retention; sustained employment; disabled people; good practice; Disability Discrimination Act; disabling social barriers

Chapter.  4555 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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