Welfare reform and the employment of lone parents

Paul Gregg, Susan Harkness

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Employment rates for lone parents in the UK in the early 1990s were extremely low, when compared with those in other countries or with married women in this country, at just over 40 per cent. Since 1993 the employment of lone parents has risen by 11 percentage points to reach 53 per cent in 2002. This is more than twice the increase in employment for the population as a whole. The rate of increase in employment was notably faster after 1998 when government policies aimed at raising employment levels of lone parents, the New Deal for Lone Parents (NDLP) and the Working Families Tax Credit (WFTC) came into effect. Analysis presented here suggests that these policies raised the proportion of lone parents who were working at least 16 hours (the level needed to receive WFTC) by just over 7 percentage points, affecting 120,000 lone parents. The number of hours worked by those lone parents already working appears to have been largely unaffected by the policy changes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Labour Market Under New Labour
Subtitle of host publicationThe State of Working Britain 2003
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780230598454
ISBN (Print)9781403916297
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003


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