Housing costs, housing benefits and work disincentives

Authors: Janet Ford, Elaine Kempson, Jude England
Funded by: Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Published by: Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Publication date: 1996

This research explores the extent and ways in which tenants and mortgagors take account of housing costs and housing benefits in their decision to accept employment. The report suggests that there is considerable evidence that many unemployed individuals and households disregard the clear unemployment trap associated with the operation of the benefits system and accept employment that results in them being financially disadvantaged vis-a vis their previous position as claimants. The study explores this behavioural response and identifies a number of potential consequences.


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