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The changing face of welfareConsequences and outcomes from a citizenship perspective$
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Jorgen Goul Andersen, Anne-Marie Guillemard, Per H. Jensen, and Birgit Pfau-Effinger

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345929

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345929.001.0001

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Early exit from the labour market, social exclusion and marginalisation in the UK

Early exit from the labour market, social exclusion and marginalisation in the UK

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(p.223) Thirteen Early exit from the labour market, social exclusion and marginalisation in the UK
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The changing face of welfare
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Philip Taylor

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861345929.003.0013

This chapter examines early exit and its consequences for marginalisation in the UK. In contrast to the case of the Nordic countries discussed elsewhere in this volume, early exit from the labour market has been a major cause of social exclusion and marginalisation, though not for all. In fact, it has often been aspired to and welcomed, though by a minority who are primarily from higher socioeconomic groups. British older workers are vulnerable to redundancy. This redundancy is often involuntary, and even if a person is re-employed, such employment has often been of low status and remuneration. Older workers are also over represented among the long-term unemployed and are more likely to have been claiming disability benefits for longer.

Keywords:   early retirement, labour market, welfare state, social exclusion, older workers

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