Tories would force jobless to work
DAVID CAMERON is to unveil a plan to get Britain back to work by forcing millions of welfare claimants into training.
California is embarking on the biggest prisoner release, comparative only to the 1963 movie, The Great Escape. Unless overturned on appeal, California is under court order to release approximately 57,000 prisoners (one third of the total population) over the next few years. How will California’s policy makers deal with this and reduce the recidivism rate at the same time? Failed programs of the past, ineffective parole, a plethora of social and drug treatment programs and a continuation of a 70% re-incarceration rate within 3 years after release are not the answer. The answer lies in a successful reentry program in Oakland.
The Great Welfare Fudge
Labour’s latest plan to reform benefits is a cop-out when compared with the radical US approach, says a former No 10 adviser. It is a muggy morning in Long Island City, an up-and-coming dormitory suburb of New York. Manhattan is less than a mile away across the East River, its skyline blurred by the misty summer air. Once this was a notorious red-light district with prowling drug dealers and hookers.
THE welfare reform of the '90s was the most important social-policy change in the United States in recent decades. But it was, in a key way, narrow: It focused on women - that is, on getting welfare mothers into the workforce. But now a successor to "welfare-to-work" is emerging - a reform mainly for men. Call it prison-to-work.
The current crop of presidential candidates, from both major parties, is once again regularly invoking the health and welfare of children as part of their rhetoric. That makes it all the more disappointing that no candidate has come forward to emphasize one of the most important ways we can truly help children: making sure they have a relationship with their fathers. Social science data is crystal clear: children raised by both a mother and a father have dramatically better prospects. What's more, there's an epidemic of what might be called "father absence" in the very states that are about to hold primary elections.
Lessons From America
02/01/08 - ProgressOnline
The government could learn from some of the American progressive approaches to welfare provision. Despite unprecedented success in reducing unemployment, the British government now faces a clear but complex problem: how to help the significant minority of people seemingly stuck on incapacity, single parent, or unemployment benefit back into sustainable employment. The New Deal has helped 1.8 million people back into work but 3 million still remain beyond reach, trapped in a cycle of worklessness.
11/01/02 - Civic Bulletin 29
This report presents a case study of a new program developed by America Works, Incorporated, to assist released prisoners reenter the world of work. The report describes the substantial problem presented by America’s growing prison population, and the related challenge to society by released prisoners. The costs and benefits of programs to train ex-convicts for jobs are discussed. Finally, a profile of America Works and its efforts to assist released prisoners is provided. The paper concludes that the America Works program has been effective in finding private sector employment for ex-offenders.
01/24/00 - Civic Bulletin 24
After 34 years of experience in the welfare-to-work industry, America Works’ Peter Cove knows a way to help end welfare as we know it—and in the process, help break up the “Welfare-Industrial Complex”: switch to performance-based contracting for social-service providers.
08/01/96 - Manhattan Institute Civic Bulletin #6
Our philosophy is unique. After 20 years of working in this area we have found that most job training programs aren’t particularly effective in helping people get off welfare. We have concluded, instead, that people need to be attached to the labor force first. Then education and training can help them move up.
08/05/11 - America Works wins award for Chicago, Illinois
WASHINGTON- The U.S. Department of Labor today announced 23 grants totaling $5,436,148 to provide homeless veterans with jon training aimed at helping them succeed in civilian careers.
06/22/10 - America Works wins award for Washington D.C.
WASHINGTON — At a White House forum of the U.S. Interagency Council of Homelessness today, Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis announced 97 grants, totaling more than $24 million, to provide approximately 14,000 veterans with job training to help them succeed in civilian careers. The grants are being awarded under the U.S. Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program.
Chairman Akaka, Ranking Member Burr, and distinguished members of the United States Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affaris, good morning. On behalf of America Works of New York, Inc. Chief Executive Officer Dr. Lee Bowes and Founder Mr. Peter Cove, I would like to express our gratitude for the opportunity to be here today to address the United States Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs about our Veterans Employment Programs. My name is Captain Pete Wikul. I served thirty nine years in the United States Navy. I was known as the “Bullfrog” which is a title used to refer to the longest serving US Navy SEAL on active duty. I recently retired on October 1st.