Getting disadvantaged parents into employment: the Working for Families Fund in Scotland.

Bond, Sue, McQuaid, Ronald W and Fuertes, Vanesa (2010) Getting disadvantaged parents into employment: the Working for Families Fund in Scotland. Local Economy, 24 (6-7). pp. 487-501. ISSN 1470 9325

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Between 2004 and 2008, the Scottish Government's Working for Families Fund (WFF) in Scotland offered support to parents seeking to move into, within or towards employment, education or training. Focused on disadvantaged parents, the programme had registered a total of over 25,000 clients by April 2008, with 66 per cent of these having achieved a significant outcome during the life of the programme. In this paper, we examine the policy background from which the WFF programme emerged. The paper outlines key features of the programme that are distinct from other programmes (particularly the New Deal for Lone Parents) as well as setting out the key outcomes of the programme. The paper identifies some lessons concerning how WFF operated, and, finally, it outlines the key conclusions.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1470 9325
Uncontrolled Keywords: Working for Families Fund; disadvantaged; unemployed; New Deal for Lone Parents; Government policy;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Employment Research Institute
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & social services > 362 Social welfare problems & services
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Item ID: 4347
Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2011 14:08
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2014 10:59

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