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Christina Pantazis and David Gordon

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9781861341464

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861341464.001.0001

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Inequalities in employment: problems of spatial divergence

Inequalities in employment: problems of spatial divergence

(p.59) Three Inequalities in employment: problems of spatial divergence
Tackling inequalities

Ivan Turok

Policy Press

Work is at the heart of the government's drive for social inclusion, with strategies aimed at increasing demand at the bottom of the labour market and increasing supply through the New Deal and other policies. This chapter examines urban economic change during the last two decades and the impact on local people. It considers some of the key dimensions of labour-market inequality and discusses how these inequalities relate to issues of gender and socioeconomic occupation. It argues that current labour-market disparities threaten to undermine Labour's New Deal policies aimed at getting people back into work: a shortage of employment opportunities, not poor skills or motivation, is the reason for the high levels of unemployment in many cities.

Keywords:   social inclusion, economic change, labour market, New Deal, unemployment

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