What works locally? Key lessons on local employment policies

Mike Campbell and Pamela Meadows

A review of area-based programmes to improve employment prospects locally.

Although nationally the labour market has improved over the past seven or eight years, local labour markets in different areas still vary significantly. There is a large number of current and past area-based initiatives working against this background.

This report reviews the research evidence and the policy context of local programmes designed to improve employment prospects, either generally or for particular groups. It finds that some crucial components of success are often overlooked. The report concludes with a guide to developing local employment plans.