Activating lone parents: an evidence-based policy appraisal of welfare-to-work reform in Britain

Haux, Tina (2012) Activating lone parents: an evidence-based policy appraisal of welfare-to-work reform in Britain. Social Policy & Society, 11 (1). pp. 1-14. ISSN 1474-7464

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Abstract

The 2008 welfare reform introduced by the previous Labour government requires (most) lone parents with older children to be available for work. This article examines the potential effect of this reform on the employment rate of lone parents and whether the age of the youngest child is a good indicator of ‘ability to work’. The reform will not lead to the desired increase as the target group is too small and the levels of multiple disadvantages within the group too high. ‘Ability to work’ needs to be conceptualised more broadly if it is to mean ‘ability to get a job’.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:lone parents, welfare-to-work activation, policy-making, Britain
Subjects:L Social studies > L410 UK Social Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:6419
Deposited By: Alison Wilson
Deposited On:04 Oct 2012 10:10
Last Modified:04 Dec 2013 21:27

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