By Bronwen Cohen, Peter Moss, Pat Petrie, Jennifer Wallace
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As in Sweden and England, the minority ethnic population is highly concentrated in certain urban areas: 6% of the population in Glasgow are from minority ethnic groups. Sweden (with the other Nordic countries) has the highest level of female labour force participation among member states of the EU or, more broadly, member states of the OECD (including the US). Levels are high across the life course, with 78% of women with a pre-school child, that is, under six years old, in the labour force in 1998.
With greater attention to the conditions favouring a new localism in delivery with greater transparency, proper audit and new incentives” (Brown, 2003a, p 13). … This new direction moves us forward from the era of old Britain weakened by ‘the man in Whitehall knows best’ towards a new Britain strengthened by local centres awash with energy and dynamism. (Brown, 2003a, p 15) This aspiration to a new localism is part of a tension at the heart of the current UK Labour government: between devolution and central direction, between equity and diversity, between decentralisation and control.
Swedish mothers employed part time, however, generally work more hours than their part-time employed counterparts in England and Scotland: for example, most Swedish part-time workers with children under five years are employed for over 25 hours a week, most in England and Scotland for under 16 hours (Swedish Children’s Ombudsman, 2001). Around 90% of employed men in all three countries work full-time (and the figure is higher among men with children). But full-time employed fathers in the UK work on average 12% more hours than their Swedish counterparts.