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Chak Kwan Chan

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344311

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344311.001.0001

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The United Kingdom and human dignity

The United Kingdom and human dignity

Six The United Kingdom and human dignity
Human dignity and welfare systems

Chak Kwan

Graham Bowpitt

Policy Press

This chapter studies the compulsory measures that have been established in the UK. These include the ‘Gateway’, ‘Jobseekers' Interviews’ and ‘Jobseekers' Agreement’. The discussion is also concerned with the New Labour government (NLG), which puts importance to the private market as an effective mechanism, not only for wealth creation but also for welfare delivery. The government policies of the NLG towards unemployment, the dignity of unemployed persons and meeting the psychological needs of these persons are discussed in the first half of the chapter. The second half of the chapter is focused on the employment needs of various social groups, such as New Deal for Lone Parents and New Deal for 25 Plus.

Keywords:   compulsory measures, Gateway, Jobseekers' Interviews, Jobseekers' Agreement, New Labour government, welfare delivery, psychological needs, social groups, employment needs

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