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Permanent revolution: the case of Britain's welfare-to-work regime

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Abstract:

A new welfare-to-work regime is emerging in Britain, one that expects most working-age benefit claimants to be work-focused. Jobcentre Plus delivers the policy, using a range of welfare-to-work tools that reflect the complex underlying causes of unemployment. Many date back some years, but developments such as the introduction of a minimum wage, the New Deals and tax credits, mark a new departure. The successful delivery of this raft of programmes and policy interventions requires considerable organisational change. This article considers whether or not the government is on the right track.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2003

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