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2005 OECD Economic Surveys: United Kingdom 2005

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This 2005 survey of the United Kingdom's economy examines the key challenges for translating resilient economic performance into faster growth in living standards.  In particular, it looks at housing supply, public services and infrastructure, pensions, childcare, the disability system, and raising skills. The special chapter covers raising innovation performance.

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From Incapacity to Rehabilitation and Employment.

Seven per cent of the 25-54-year-old men are now inactive outside the labour market, many more than three decades ago. Solid growth since the late 1990s has brought down unemployment but not inactivity, with 2½ million currently claiming incapacity benefit. This chapter evaluates how these people could be helped back to work via active support from the Pathways to Work programme and encouragement from a restructured incapacity benefit. Better understanding the role played by mental health problems and improving treatment and rehabilitation will be key to success in this area.

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