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Local Responses to Long-term Unemployment: Delivering Access to Employment in Edinburgh


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  • Colin Lindsay
  • Garry Sturgeon
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    This paper examines locally developed policy responses to long-term unemployment in the city of Edinburgh: a labour market characterised by relatively low-unemployment and generally high levels of demand. Drawing upon in-depth interviews with 115 long-term unemployed people residing in the city, the paper first analyses the complex combination of barriers to work faced by members of this client group. Two recent labour market initiatives, developed by the local authority in partnership with other public and third sector agencies and (in one case) major employers, are then discussed. It is suggested that this locally focused, partnership-based approach may provide a useful model for local policy responses to long-term unemployment, particularly in buoyant labour markets.

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    Article provided by Taylor and Francis Journals in its journal Local Economy.

    Volume (Year): 18 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 2 (May)
    Pages: 159-173

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:loceco:v:18:y:2003:i:2:p:159-173

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    1. Manning, Alan, 2000. " Pretty Vacant: Recruitment in Low-Wage Labour Markets," Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, vol. 62(0), pages 747-70, Special I.
    2. Ronald W McQuaid & Colin Lindsay, 2002. "The 'employability gap': long-term unemployment and barriers to work in buoyant labour markets," Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 20(4), pages 613-628, August.
    3. Rebecca Riley & Garry Young, 2001. "Does welfare-to-work policy increase employment?: Evidence from the UK New Deal for Young People," NIESR Discussion Papers 183, National Institute of Economic and Social Research.
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    1. Andrew Dainty & Stephen Ison & Geoffrey Briscoe, 2005. "The construction labour market skills crisis: the perspective of small-medium-sized firms," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 23(4), pages 387-398.


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