In-work credits to single parents work

The ‘in-work credit’ paid to single parents had positive effects on getting people off benefit and into work, finds a new report from the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex, The Impact of a Time-Limited, Targeted In-Work Benefit in the Medium-Term: An Evaluation of In Work Credit. ‘In-work credit’ was paid nationally from 2008 to lone parents who had previously spent at least a year on benefits if they moved into work of 16 or more hours per week, with a maximum payment of 52 weeks. The paper found that the positive effects of enabling a move into work did not diminish when recipients reached the 12-month time limit. Job retention by recipients was good, even when this could not be attributed to the credit.

The full report, The Impact of a Time-Limited, Targeted In-Work Benefit in the Medium-Term: An Evaluation of In Work Credit, by Mike Brewer, James Browne, Haroon Chowdry and Claire Crawford (Working Paper 2012-04) is available from the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex website.

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