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Carers and employment in a work-focused welfare state

Hilary Arksey and Peter A. Kemp

in Cash and care

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9781861348562
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301615 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348562.003.0009
Carers and employment in a work-focused welfare state

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This chapter explores the interaction between paid employment and informal caregiving in Britain. The first section examines the risk of informal caring in Britain today, its implications for participation in paid employment, and its consequences for earnings and incomes more generally. The second section looks at what help is potentially available to carers, both in terms of cash and practical support. The third section draws on an empirical study of carers' aspirations and decisions about work, in order to compare policy with practice. The final section presents conclusions about carers and employment within the welfare state in Britain today.

Keywords: paid employment; informal caregiving; carers; welfare state

Chapter.  5749 words. 

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