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A study of in-work poverty and policy in the UK

Researchers: Dr Rod Hick | Alba Lanau

Project overview

This project aims to provide a robust, up-to-date analysis of in-work poverty in the UK through quantitative analysis of the Family Resources Survey/Households Below Average Income and Understanding Society surveys.

The project introduces innovations in terms of the analysis of in-work poverty by moving beyond an exclusive focus on the 60% median income poverty measure to assess the extent and nature of in-work poverty using a range of poverty measures; by providing a more in-depth assessment of the relationship between social security and tax credits and in-work poverty than appears in existing studies; and by contributing to the sparse literature on in-work poverty transitions. The research will identify a series of policy options to tackle in-work poverty in the UK and will discuss the contribution that these options might make to reducing poverty amongst working families.

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  • Dr Rod Hick
    Cardiff School of Law and Politics
  • Alba Lanau
    Cardiff University

  • Alex Beer
    Senior Consultant, Welfare
    Nuffield Foundation
  • Director, Welfare
    Nuffield Foundation

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