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Welfare Reform on the Web (November 2002): Social Security - UK

THE LONE-PARENT TRAP: HOW THE WELFARE SYSTEM DISCOURAGES MARRIAGE

Civitas

London: 2002

It is likely that most couples recognise that they would lose financially if they married and gave up their individual entitlements to benefits and tax credits. Paper looks at five case studies and demonstrates that in all circumstances couples who marry stand to lose 7% to 28% of their former income, depending on whether figures are calculated before or after childcare and housing costs.

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