Welfare reform and lone parents in the UK


Gregg, P., Harkness, S. and Smith, S., 2009. Welfare reform and lone parents in the UK. The Economic Journal, 119 (535), F38-F65.

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A series of reforms to help low income families with children were introduced in the UK in 1999, including in-work tax credits and welfare-to-work programmes. Lone parents were a key target for these reforms – they comprised 22% of all families by 1998 but 55% of families with children in poverty. Previous studies have shown that the reforms raised employment among lone parents. This article extends the analysis of the effect of the reforms to consider employment dynamics, including hours adjustments, and a broader range of outcomes including partnership and indicators of well-being among lone mothers and their children.


Item Type Articles
CreatorsGregg, P., Harkness, S. and Smith, S.
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DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Social & Policy Sciences
Research CentresCentre for Analysis of Social Policy (CASP)
ID Code1118


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