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Promoting healthy pathways to employability: lessons for the UK's welfare-to-work agenda

Lindsay, Colin; Dutton, Matthew


Colin Lindsay


The coalition government has implemented welfare-to-work policies strengthening the UK's Work First model of activating claimants of disability or incapacity benefits (IBs). These reforms abolished the Condition Management Programme (CMP) established under the preceding government's Pathways to Work (PtW) initiative to assist people on IBs to cope with health problems. We argue that IB claimants face complex health limitations, and a renewal of CMP provision will be necessary if they are to be assisted towards improved health and employability. Accordingly, we review the impacts of the PtW CMPs operating between 2003 and 2011, in order to identify good practice and lessons for future policy.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Apr 1, 2013
Publication Date 2013
Deposit Date Oct 4, 2013
Print ISSN 0305-5736
Electronic ISSN 1470-8442
Publisher Policy Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 41
Issue 2
Pages 183-200
Keywords Welfare-to-work policies; Work First; Condition Management Programme (CMP); employability; Pathways to Work (PtW)
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