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Connecting People with Jobs

Activation Policies in the United Kingdom

This report examines recent activation policies in the United Kingdom aimed at moving people back into work. It offers insight into how countries can improve the effectiveness of their employment services and also control spending on benefits. The United Kingdom's policies have helped limit the rise in unemployment during the crisis. It has been at the forefront of reform efforts by OECD countries to transform and modernise policies designed to help the unemployed find work, through major new programmes such as Universal Credit and the Work Programme. Although time is needed for these to gain momentum as well as for a full evaluation of their impact to be carried out, the report identifies a number of areas where consideration should be given to additional measures or adjustments to existing ones.

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The United Kingdom has a long tradition of activation policies to promote the quick reintegration of working-age benefit recipients. Job-search requirements for claimants of unemployment benefits can be traced back to the late 1980s and a standard way of monitoring job-search efforts through fortnightly job-search review meetings was introduced with the JSA regime in 1996. From the early 2000s, activation measures were introduced for claimants of lone parent and incapacity benefits. From 2008, access to lone parent and fully-inactive incapacity benefits was significantly restricted and caseloads fell more rapidly. The United Kingdom continues to be at the forefront of reform efforts by OECD countries to transform and modernise their activation policies. This chapter identifies a number of areas where consideration should be given to additional measures or adjustments to existing ones.

 
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