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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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’.
|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|
|Deposited On:||04 Oct 2012 10:10|
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