Welfare to Work Devolution in England

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This review, from Professor Dan Finn, examines the devolution of welfare-to-work policies in Britain, Canada, the USA, the Netherlands and Germany, and analyses proposals for further devolution in England. It finds that:

  • Devolution of the Work Programme (WP) and other employment and skills services needs tailoring to local governance capacity and should be an explicit aim of City and Growth Deals.
  • More devolution of the working relationship between Jobcentres and local government is needed.
  • Performance requirements should help shape devolution in ways more likely to contribute to reducing poverty, and future welfare-to-work provision should reward job entry, retention and progression rather than simple caseload reduction.