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:

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This chapter reflects on some of the key policy insights to flow from this book. It notes that these empirical and theoretical insights have provided a detailed appraisal of a range of key disability and employment policies, and have established the benefits and limitations of current policies. The chapter lays down the key policy points, given the broader objectives of translating new ideas into changing policy and practice. It emphasises that the book makes clear both the continuities and changes which marked the shift from neo-Conservative to New Labour governments. The chapter further notes that the greatest labour-market barriers were those facing disabled people with mental-health problems and those with learning difficulties. It suggests that this evidence further supports the call to widen and incentivise the ‘place and train’ model of employment support. The chapter recommends that good practice from the many voluntary-sector providers of into-work support need to be better understood, and lessons learnt as to what works in disability and employment terms.

Keywords: theoretical insights; key employment policies; neo-Conservative; New Labour; mental-health problems; learning difficulties; employment support; good practice; voluntary-sector providers

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Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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