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Stress testing the UK welfare system for unemployment

Figari, F and Salvatori, A and Sutherland, H (2010) 'Stress testing the UK welfare system for unemployment.' Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 18 (3). pp. 229-242. ISSN 1759-8273

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This article examines the resilience (or otherwise) of the United Kingdom social protection system in the face of increasing unemployment. It explores the extent to which benefits protect the household incomes of unemployed people both in relative terms and in comparison with an absolute income threshold. It finds that for the people most likely to become unemployed in the first phase of the current downturn most of any protection they have comes from the earnings of other household, members. In the case of sole-earner households, the benefit system fails to maintain household income above the poverty threshold in most cases and the relative drop in income for this group is very high by international standards.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Unemployment; Household Income; Taxes and Benefits
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2013 16:52
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:20

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