Research in Public Policy issue 8

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In this recession can anything be done to avoid the permanent ‘scarring’ that past UK recessions inflicted on many young people as they found themselves facing long-term unemployment? Paul Gregg examines the evidence on the employment effects of active labour market policies that include work experience, and draws lessons for the design of the proposed Job Guarantee. Gregg’s independent report on welfare reform, delivered to the Department for Work and Pensions last December, set out his vision for ‘personalised conditionality and support’, where virtually everyone claiming benefits and not in work should be looking for or engaging in activity to help them move towards employment.

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