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Active Labour Market Policy for Lone Parents: the UK Context. Jonathan Portes Chief Economist UK Department for Work and Pensions. Our overall labour market strategy. Macroeconomic stability Labour market flexibility Anti discrimination law and policy Making work pay

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Active labour market policy for lone parents the uk context

Active Labour Market Policy for Lone Parents: the UK Context

Jonathan Portes

Chief Economist

UK Department for Work and Pensions


Our overall labour market strategy

Our overall labour market strategy..

  • Macroeconomic stability

  • Labour market flexibility

  • Anti discrimination law and policy

  • Making work pay

  • Active labour market policy


Active labour market policy for lone parents the uk context

200000

180000

160000

140000

120000

100000

80000

60000

40000

20000

0

Loss

Gain of less than £45

Gain of less than £50

Gain of less than £55

Gain of less than £60

Gain of less than £65

Gain of less than £70

Gain of less than £80

Gain of less than £85

Gain of less than £90

Gain of less than £95

Gain of less than £40

Gain of less than £10

Gain of less than £15

Gain of less than £20

Gain of less than £25

Gain of less than £30

Gain of less than £35

Gain of more than £75

Gain of less than £125

Gain of less than £130

Gain of less than £135

Gain of less than £140

Gain of less than £115

Gain of less than £120

Gain of less than £100

Gain of less than £105

Gain of less than £110

No change or gain of less than £5

Making work pay: tax credits and the minimum wage Gains to work for lone parents (30 hours, minimum wage)


But system is complex and mdrs high

But system is complex and MDRs high


Considerable success

70%

Note: between 1992

lone mothers (pre-1992), lone parents (post-1992)

and 1996 the data has

65%

not been regrossed to

take into account the

results of the 2001

census.

60%

55%

50%

45%

40%

35%

30%

1978

1980

1982

1984

1986

1988

1990

1992

1994

1996

1998

2000

2002

2004

Considerable success..


But much more will be required

75%

Lone parent employment rate

70%

65%

60%

55%

50%

45%

40%

Spring 04

Spring 05

Spring 06

Spring 07

Spring 08

spring 09

spring10

Business Case

Current Performance

Trajectory required for 70% by 2010

But much more will be required


New deal for lone parents

New Deal for Lone Parents

Programme structure:

  • Mandatory work focused interviews to “sell” the programme

  • But programme participation purely voluntary

  • Open to all lone parents on benefit

  • Help with access to childcare, jobsearch, training; but still workfirst approach

  • Piloting further elements: in work credit, worksearch premium, more childcare support


Implications for evaluation

Implications for evaluation

  • Voluntary nature raises selection issues

  • But correlation between take-up and outcomes suggests it’s not the usual problem

  • And is NDLP really a “programme” – or is it about information/signposting?

  • Suggests that how and by whom at least as important as what

  • If key role of NDLP is catalytic, how do we isolate effects?


Key future issues

Key future issues

  • Explaining heterogeneous outcomes: geography, health status, ethnicity, etc

  • New Deal for Lone Parents Plus: evaluating a package of interventions

  • Quasi-mandatory work-related activity


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