Wage top-ups and work incentives: The implications of the UK's Working Tax Credit scheme

Lead Research Organisation: London School of Economics & Pol Sci
Department Name: Social Policy

Abstract

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Publications

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Description 1) Characteristically in the course of their working lives participants had experienced a series of short-term jobs interspersed with periods of child-care or unemployment. Most considered that they were not being paid what they were worth, though many were positive about the jobs they currently held.



2) Participants exhibited confusion regarding Working Tax Credit (WTC): - as to the name of the benefit; its relationship to other benefits; and the basis upon which they were entitled to it.
Exploitation Route Though the research has to date had no demonstrable effects upon policy and are unlikely immediately to influence current policy makers in the UK, the findings have relevance for future policy - in the UK and beyond - in relation to income maintenance mechanisms for low-paid workers and may yet have impact.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Other

 
Description The findings were widely circulated to and expressly acknowledged by a variety of policy, labour market and community actors (as detailed in report to ESRC). However, no firm evidence of their direct influence over such actors is available.
 
Description The corrosive potential of wage top-up schemes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was an online article which appeared on the European Ideas Website 31 December 2011

none observed
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://www.europeanideas.eu/
 
Description Wage top-up schemes are an attractive way for policy makers to address income inequalities, but they may well be corrosive to those they are aiming to help 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact None observable

This was an online article which appeared on the LSE's Politics and Policy Blog
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/
 
Description Wage top-ups and work incentives : claimant experiences of New Labour's working tax credit scheme 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact Seminar presentation in the Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) Welfare State Analysis series

The presentation formed the basis of a published preliminary report widely circulated among key policy and labour market actors (as detailed in report to ESRC)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Wage top-ups vs. citizen's income 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Seminar presentation for the Trustees of the Citizen's Income Trust

a discussion as to the manner in which the UK's proposed universal credit scheme might over time provide a foundation for incremental transition to a citizen's income
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012