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For Whose Benefit?The Everyday Realities of Welfare Reform$
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Ruth Patrick

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447333463

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447333463.001.0001

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Is welfare-to-work working? Relationships with work over time

Is welfare-to-work working? Relationships with work over time

(p.87) Four Is welfare-to-work working? Relationships with work over time
For Whose Benefit?

Ruth Patrick

Policy Press

This chapter explores experiences of paid employment, and in particular the employment journeys of participants during the time of the research. This is contextualised by a discussion of their previous employment experiences, and the extent (and nature) of their employment-related aspirations. Experiences in and out of work include encountering the low-pay, no-pay cycle, being exploited by employers and efforts to find work, but without success. This chapter also explores experiences of policy interventions designed to help people to make the transition from welfare-to-work, particularly via the Work Programme and engagement with Job Centre Plus. Individuals’ – often very critical – reflections on their engagement with these programmes and agencies is discussed, leading to a questioning of whether the promise of meaningful work-related ‘support’ is in fact forthcoming.

Keywords:   welfare to work, work programme, low pay cycle, employment, precarity

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