Employment policy

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This chapter explains the background to New Labour’s commitment to create an ‘employment first’ welfare state. It describes the ‘New Deals’ and the interview-based regime now extended to all working age benefit claimants. It also assesses the evaluation evidence to establish ‘what worked’ in the first phase of implementing the Government’s ‘flagship’ programme, the New Deal for Young People (NDYP). Finally, it identifies some of the challenges that confront the Government if the rhetoric of an ‘employment first’ welfare state is to be realised in practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDevelopments in British social policy
EditorsN. Ellison, C. Pierson
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781403900210
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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