A more equal society? : New Labour, poverty, inequality and by John Hills, Kitty Stewart

By John Hills, Kitty Stewart

This significant new publication offers, for the 1st time, an in depth assessment of rules on poverty and social exclusion for the reason that 1997, and their results. Bringing jointly major specialists within the box, it considers the demanding situations the govt has confronted, the regulations selected and the objectives set which will investigate effects. Employment : tackling poverty via 'work if you can' / Abigail McKnight -- schooling, schooling, schooling ... : an evaluation of labour's luck in tackling schooling inequalities / Abigail McKnight, Howard Glennerster and Ruth Lupton -- Tackling well-being inequalities / Franco Sassi -- Social and political participation and inclusion / Liz Richardson -- dangers via the place you reside? New Labour and neighbourhood renewal / Ruth Lupton and Anne strength -- in the direction of an equivalent commence? Addressing youth poverty and deprivation / Kitty Stewart -- a safe retirement for all? Older humans and New Labour / Maria Evandrou and Jane Falkingham -- Ethnic inequalities below New Labour : growth or entrenchment? Coretta Phillips -- Selective inclusion : asylum seekers and different marginalised teams / Tania Burchardt -- Inequality and poverty less than New Labour / Tom Sefton and Holly Sutherland -- that is the manner the money is going : expenditure styles as actual earning upward push for the poorest households with little ones / Paul Gregg, Jane Waldfogel and Elizabeth Washbrook -- citing households in negative neighbourhoods less than New Labour / Anne energy and Helen Willmot -- adjustments in poverty and inequality within the united kingdom in overseas context / Kitty Stewart -- A tide became yet mountains but to climb? / John Hills and Kitty Stewart

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There definitely seemed to be a problem with contractors classifying eligible benefit claimants into ‘employable’ and ‘unemployable’ with much more focus and resources being spent on the ‘employable’ group (Hirst et al, 2002). A comparison between EZs and ND25plus based on the aggregate flows7 into work also suggests that EZs have poorer outcomes for disabled people, but better for people aged 49+ and ethnic minorities (TUC, 2003). In the second round of EZs, eligibility is being extended to lone parents (on a voluntary basis) and 18- to 24-year-olds who have already participated at least once in NDYP (their participation in EZs is mandatory).

The New Deal for Partners was introduced in 1999 on a voluntary basis and offers, through Personal Advisers, assistance in the preparation and search for work. From 2001 childless couples (some age restrictions apply) making a joint claim for unemployment benefit are both required to meet the associated employment conditions and are both offered assistance. Since April 2004, both partners of relevant benefit claimants are required to attend a WFI after six months of receiving benefit. Labour introduced a number of measures to increase the financial incentives to find and remain in work for individuals with low earning power.

There has been a further evolution of support and 26 Employment administration of benefits for those not in work. All benefit claimants are now required to attend Work Focused Interviews (WFIs), although active search for work is still not required for all benefit claimants, such as lone parents on Income Support. In addition, the Benefits Agency (who administered claims for benefits) and the Employment Service (who provided assistance to job seekers and monitored unemployment benefits claimants’ search for work) are gradually being merged to form Jobcentre Plus (to be completed by 2006).

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