The New Deal: jeopardised by the geography of unemployment?

Turok, I. and Webster, D. (1998) The New Deal: jeopardised by the geography of unemployment? Local Economy, 12(4), pp. 309-328. (doi: 10.1080/02690949808726407)



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The New Deal is the Labour government's flagship programme to "end the tragic waste of youth and long-term unemployment" by getting people off welfare benefits and into work. This paper argues that the principal weakness of the New Deal is that it seeks to influence the character of labour supply (i.e. the motivation and skills of the unemployed) while neglecting the state of labour demand, which varies greatly between places. The uneven geography of unemployment in the UK is likely to have a crucial bearing on the programme's impact and effectiveness, but this has been largely ignored in its development. The paper outlines some of the practical consequences of this imbalance and suggests how it could be rectified for the programme to be more effective.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This is the author's version of the work. The definitive version: Turok, I. and Webster, D. (1998) ‘The New Deal: Jeopardised by the Geography of Unemployment?’ was published in Local Economy, Vol.12 Issue 4, February 1998, pp.309-328 and is available at <a href=""></a>
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Turok, Professor Ivan and Webster, Dr David
Authors: Turok, I., and Webster, D.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Local Economy
ISSN (Online):1470-9325
Published Online:08 May 2007
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 1998 SAGE
First Published:First published in Local Economy 12(4):309-328
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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