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Dealing with Welfare ConditionalityImplementation and Effects$
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Peter Dwyer

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447341826

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447341826.001.0001

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No strings attached? An exploration of employment support services offered by third sector homelessness organisations

No strings attached? An exploration of employment support services offered by third sector homelessness organisations

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(p.91) Five No strings attached? An exploration of employment support services offered by third sector homelessness organisations
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Dealing with Welfare Conditionality
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Katy Jones

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447341826.003.0005

In exchange for their receipt of conditional benefits such as JobSeekers Allowance and Universal Credit, people experiencing homelessness are expected to engage in mandatory job search or other work-related activities. However, many homeless people have become alienated from mainstream employment support as a result of difficulties in meeting these compulsory conditions. Recognising their exclusion from the mainstream welfare system, this chapter focuses on an alternative source of employment support for homeless adults - that offered by third sector homelessness organisations. Drawing on new data from interviews with homelessness practitioners, it uncovers a range of employment-related support available to homeless people accessing support from third sector providers. It then considers two key potentially contradictory issues. First, whilst a range of employment-related support services delivered by third sector organisations’ own programmes and initiatives are identified, much of this appears to be focussed on mitigating the impacts of the increasingly conditional nature of the statutory welfare system. Second, while appearing critical of the increasingly conditional statutory system and the impacts that a punitive welfare state is having on those they are supporting, some of the approaches adopted by these agencies also incorporate elements of conditionality.

Keywords:   homeless, third sector, employment support, conditionality

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