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Why are the policies and organisations seeking to help disabled people access work failing?

Stafford, B.

Authors

B. Stafford



Contributors

Chris Grover
Editor

Linda Piggott
Editor

Abstract

In recent years successive governments, through the responsible department, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), have implemented programmes that involve private and third sector organisations competitively tendering to deliver programmes targeted at working age people including disabled people. Typically, however, these initiatives have only relatively small impacts on employment. This is not to deny that employment programmes have successfully placed some disabled people in employment rather to argue that the people most in need of support are the least served by these programmes. This occurs because the contracts have an incentive structure that rewards contractors for working with, and placing in employment, participants who are more job ready. Providers are then more likely to meet performance targets, and importantly for their finances, generate revenue income. Two examples of these programmes – the New Deal for Disabled People (NDDP) and Pathways to Work (Pathways) – are presented in this chapter to illustrate the argument that the marketisation of such provision can disadvantage many disabled people in the labour market.

Citation

Stafford, B. (2015). Why are the policies and organisations seeking to help disabled people access work failing?. In L. Piggott, & C. Grover (Eds.), Work, welfare and disabled people: is employment really the answer?Policy Press

Publication Date Jul 1, 2015
Deposit Date Mar 18, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jul 1, 2015
Publisher Policy Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Book Title Work, welfare and disabled people: is employment really the answer?
ISBN 9781447318323
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/28479
Publisher URL http://www.policypress.co.uk/display.asp?K=9781447318323&sf1=keyword&st1=grover+work+welfare&m=2&dc=3
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Additional Information This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of a chapter published in: Work, welfare and disabled people: is employment really the answer? Details of the definitive published version and how to purchase it are available online at: http://www.policypress.co.uk/display.asp?K=9781447318323&sf1=keyword&st1=grover+work+welfare&m=2&dc=3

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