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Personalized activation policies for the long-term unemployed: the role of local governance in the UK.

Fuertes, Vanesa; McQuaid, Ronald


Vanesa Fuertes

Ronald McQuaid


Martin Heidenreich

Deborah Rice


In Chapter 5 on the UK, Vanesa Fuertes and Ronald McQuaid study how coordinated activation policies, which have been a core part of the UK welfare state since at least the 1990s, are implemented locally. Although service coordination is officially acknowledged as a necessary requirement for supporting people with complex problems into employment, the authors perceive a number of barriers to service coordination in three local case studies (Cardiff, Edinburgh, and Newcastle) and at street level (in one Work Programme provider organization). Thus, marketization seems to have increased fragmentation among service providers, not only because some local public agencies are wary of letting Work Programme participants benefit from specialized public services but also because Work Programme sub-contractors (among them many NGOs) are receiving fewer referrals than expected. However, Fuertes and McQuaid conclude that local and devolved government discretion can result in an increased coordination of employment and social services in places, especially when it comes to services provided outside of the Work Programme.

Publication Date Jan 29, 2016
Deposit Date Apr 20, 2016
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 93-117
Book Title Integrating social and employment policies in europe: active inclusion and challenges for local welfare governance
Chapter Number 5
ISBN 978 1 78347 491 2
Keywords Politics and public policy; European politics and policy; social policy and sociology; comparative social policy; labour policy; welfare states
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