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Policy for a changeLocal labour market analysis and gender equality$
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Sue Yeandle

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420541

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420541.001.0001

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Conclusion: policy for a change

Conclusion: policy for a change

(p.157) Nine Conclusion: policy for a change
Policy for a change

Sue Yeandle

Policy Press

This chapter provides a summary of the findings of the Gender and Employment in Local Labour Market (GELLM) research programme, highlighting their local significance and the importance of specific kinds of evidence for local policy making. Contemporary developments in public policy emphasise the importance of local strategic plans and partnerships and the need to raise employment rates. It is shown that the demand for employment needs to be strengthened by promoting existing jobs in the area, investing in jobs accessible to local residents, and integrating the skills-and-employment agenda with regeneration and equalities policies. The study should also alert policy makers, in both central and local government, to the impossibility of achieving economic well-being and fairness for all in local economies without recognising the different ways in which the economy, the labour market, and the welfare state play out for women and men.

Keywords:   policy making, public policy, employment, jobs, labour market, economy, welfare state, gender

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