Making the labour market work better
A Capita/DfES case study

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Page 6: Policy making for employability

Most people would agree that in a modern society, it is essential to help all citizens gain meaningful and useful employment with long-term evelopmental opportunities. Governments have a key role to play in creating the framework which supports existing market structures and removing any weaknesses or faults in current market arrangements.

Traditionally, the UK has had very few labour market regulations. Nevertheless the market is not working perfectly. The New Deal for the unemployed is a good example of the way in which a government has set about helping to make the market work better. The New Deal aims to match unemployed people to jobs and focuses on the groups of people who suffer unemployment most - young people, the long term unemployed, lone parents and disabled people. The policy package includes provisions for training to be provided to all participants.