The welfare market: the role of the private sector in the delivery of benefits and employment services

Dan Finn

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Abstract

Since the 1980s successive governments have transformed the traditional public sector bureaucracies that deliver benefits and employment services. This chapter assesses the role that private and third sector providers now play in the delivery of the Governments welfare to work strategy. It discusses the creation of a new welfare market where a core of prime contractors will deliver services directly or through other providers and be paid largely on the number of people they place in sustained employment. It reviews the evolution of the contracting regime that has been used to steer the work of these agencies and considers evidence on the impacts that such market delivery has had on the experience and prospects of participants. It reviews also evidence on the quasi market welfare to work delivery systems in the USA and Australia that British reforms are intended to emulate
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnderstanding social security: issues for policy and practice
EditorsJ Millar
Place of PublicationBristol, UK
PublisherPolicy Press
Pages275-292
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781847421869
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

NameUnderstanding welfare: social issues, policy and practice series
PublisherPolicy Press

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