Published: 22nd Mar 2011

Evidence from east Lancashire suggests assumptions we make about the needs of the unemployed are often wide of the mark. Adrian Nolan and Stuart MacDonald examine how to ensure we don’t end up with an oversimplified welfare to work programme Welfare reform was at the forefront of government policy under the previous Labour administration and the coalition government has followed suit with its highly publicised welfare reform bill. The Work Programme is the centrepiece of plans to reform welfare by replacing all existing provision with a single integrated programme. Importantly, the government claims that the Work Programme will be designed to be flexible enough to meet the needs of individual claimants. But how far do the proposals go in ensuring flexibility determined by both individual and place based needs are at the forefront of change? One of the most important elements of the Work Programme is there is minimum service … (To read the full article, subscribe below)