Welfare-to-work and the New Deal
Welfare-to-work is on trial in many countries. In Britain it has become the governmentâ€™s most important policy for lowering unemployment and expanding labour supply. But can it work? And what lessons does Britainâ€™s experience provide for other countries? This paper argues that whilst the Welfare-to-Work approach has the power to transform the lives of millionsâ€”by making them self-sustaining rather than dependentâ€”it requires extreme sensitivity. The help must be of very high quality and the spirit of the policy must be visibly in the clientsâ€™ interest. The author concludes that the New Deal has been an extraordinary success from that angle, with very high levels of client satisfaction. It is a good example for other countries to follow. But each future step must be as sensitive as the last.
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Volume (Year): 136 (2000)
Issue (Month): III (September)
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