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Families move into work: skills, training and tax credits

Anne Power, Helen Willmot and Rosemary Davidson

in Family futures

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9781847429728
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302315 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847429728.003.0007
Families move into work: skills, training and tax credits

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This chapter explores the work histories and work experience of parents, their ambitions and the role of training in helping mothers in particular back into work. It summarises the evidence from the 200 families about their work experience, the evolution of jobs in their families and the links between parents’s work ambitions and training opportunities. It then explores the parents’ direct accounts of work, studying and training, using parents’ own words to convey their experiences, including work history and the prospects of ‘work-poor’ families. It notes that the work background of the families clearly influences why some parents do not work, including inter-generational worklessness. It further notes the impact of working tax credits, childcare worries, the knock-on effects on benefits and associated problems in relation to jobs, and suggests what might help.

Keywords: work histories; work experience; parents; training; mothers; evolution of jobs; work-poor families; inter-generational worklessness; working tax credits

Chapter.  13183 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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