Case study A: In-work benefits for low wage earners

Penny Leonard

in Promoting welfare?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9781861344885
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303091 | DOI:
Case study A: In-work benefits for low wage earners

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This chapter presents a case study that analyses government policies to provide information on social security benefits that are designed to supplement low wages. This is either for those who are already in work, or that act as an incentive for the unemployed to take up employment. It presents a chronological study of the ‘modern’ benefits, namely Family Income Supplement (FIS), Family Credit (FC), and Working Families Tax Credit (WFTC). It concludes that the information policies for unemployed people and low wage earners were generally research based and clear in their objectives.

Keywords: government policies; social security; employment; modern benefits; Family Income Supplement; Family Credit; Working Families Tax Credit; low wage earners

Chapter.  7264 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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