The benefits of tackling worklessness and low pay: summary

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Bivand, Paul; Simmonds, Dave
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Date of publication
1 December 2014
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Employment
Social welfare
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This report examines the costs to government of worklessness and low pay, and explores what these costs look like at city level. Just as there are costs to government in supporting workless people and subsidising low pay, so there are benefits in reducing worklessness and improving pay. Using Leeds and Leeds City Region as examples, this report shows that the gains to government and to local economies are substantial, in terms of both a reduced social security bill and increased economic activity.

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