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Welfare-to-work and regeneration in the city-region: innovative approaches to tackling social inequality. Alison Fuller, Lorna Unwin, David Guile and Sadaf Rizvi LLAKES International Conference July 2010. State’s Management and Scope of Social Policy.
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Welfare-to-work and regeneration in the city-region: innovative approaches to tackling social inequality
“…it is not possible to make the distinction between the vagrant and the loafer on the one hand and the bona fide workman on the other, except in conjunction with some elaborate and effective system of testing willingness to work such as is afforded by the system of Labour Exchanges.” (Winston Churchill, 1909)
We will also demand that Jobseekers take personal responsibility for accepting work when it is there, so there is conditionality and sanctions on the benefits side as well. This is a complete reappraisal of how we help people back into work and involves a major change in the way providers deliver support.
And I want to see the voluntary sector and other groups get involved too.
Ian Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, June 30th 2010
“ Policy measures encouraging employment which are restricted to the individual may well be undermined by family or communal pressures, suggesting that they should be clustered in ways that affect both individuals and their social network…longer-term investment may be necessary if the unemployment-unsatisfactory employment-unemployment cycle is to be broken.” (Ritchie et al 2005)
“…so probably our specialism now is we’re very much at the caring end rather than the commercial end of the voluntary sector as the sort of voluntary sector splits a bit into those two areas.” (Manager of religious charity)
“…they just want to be here, they just want to engage, and that’s been a really good thing to see. But when you try and get them to move onto the next, that becomes a whole different thing…they have a real problem breaking back in (to mainstream society).”
Green Provider – charity with original aim of getting young people into training and employment – moving more toward adults (25+) – following the government funding:
“We really do work on the theory that as long as people are engaging with us, even if they go into work and come back, that’s the success story of Green – it’s not that we just get them into a job and leave them, it’s that we’re there for as long as they need us.”
partnership – international private sector
Training provider, international (non-UK)
charity, international IT and services company, and government also owns a stake – ‘for profit’, but rhetoric of social purpose
“It was set up to help unemployed people
return to work. But (Purple) is a very forward
thinking company, so they do everything
differently, they try to look at it a bit
entrepreneurial rather than looking at the
restraints…we’ve helped over 100,000 people back to work”