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Working futures?Disabled people, policy and social inclusion$
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Alan Roulstone and Colin Barnes

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346261

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346261.001.0001

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The challenges of a work-first agenda for disabled people

The challenges of a work-first agenda for disabled people

(p.16) (p.17) One The challenges of a work-first agenda for disabled people
Working futures?

Alan Roulstone

Colin Barnes

Policy Press

This chapter provides an overview of the policy area as a primer with which to read the rest of the book. It discusses the weight of barriers to gaining and keeping employment, the strengths and weaknesses of past policy, and the tensions at the heart of recent ideological and policy shifts towards a work-first agenda. The chapter notes that the weight of historical disadvantage experienced by disabled job seekers and workers is now well documented. It further notes that the principal policy response has been an increased governmental emphasis on ‘welfare through work’ and ‘work-based welfare’.

Keywords:   policy area, employment, work-first agenda, disabled job seekers, welfare through work, work-based welfare

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