Making decisions about work in one-earner couple householdsAuthors: Sharon Collard, Adele Atkinson
Funded by: Department for Work and Pensions
Published by: HMSO
Publication date: February 2009
Report number: DWP Research Report No 560
This report provides findings from a qualitative study to understand the attitudes and behaviours of non-working partnered parents living in low-income households where neither partner is in receipt of out-of-work benefits from DWP, and to explore the factors that might influence decisions about work within their household. The project had three main objectives:
- to explore the labour market choices, constraints and aspirations of non-working partnered parents in low-income households, particularly in terms of any longer-term trade-offs between income through paid work and child caring responsibilities;
- to explore the type of support non-working partnered parents might require in order to make paid employment a realistic option, and
- to identify how best to help this group move into work with information, advice and support.
The research involved conducting 50 in-depth interviews with non-working partnered parents living in low-income households in three areas of the country. Fieldwork was carried out in May and June 2008.
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