Making decisions about work in low-income couple households: final report to the Child Poverty Unit: research summary: summary

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Collard, Sharon; Davies, Sara
Date of publication
26 June 2014
Research summary; no. 869
Employment, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This qualitative study develops a deeper understanding of the attitudes and behaviours of non-working (or very part-time working) partnered parents living in low-income households, prior to the rollout of Universal Credit (UC). It builds on an earlier qualitative study conducted for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) which looked at work decisions in low-income couple households with one earner. The focus of the study was partnered parents in low-income households who did not work or worked part-time (generally 16 hours per week or less), and whose partner worked as an employee or was self-employed. The interviews were conducted with the partner who was not working or worked part-time.

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