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Title: Lone parents on family credit : employment decisions and perceptions
Author: Vincent, Sharon
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1998
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This research is based upon the analysis of data obtained from semi-structured interviews with forty lone parents who were in receipt of Family Credit in Edinburgh in 1993. They were supplemented by an analysis of data obtained from follow up interviews with twenty-eight of the original lone parents. These second interviews took place approximately one year after the first. The overall aim of the study was to gain an in-depth understanding of the past and current employment and benefit experiences of lone parents in receipt of Family Credit. The study concentrated on three main areas. The first, employment decision making, was felt to be important because very little is known about the reasons why lone parents decide to work or about the factors they take into consideration when making their decisions about employment. It was found that the extent to which the lone parents in the sample based their employment decisions upon financial calculations was limited. Some of the lone parents had not actually made specific decisions about employment, rather their reentry into the labour market was 'opportunistic'. They only normally made changes to their employment status once they were in receipt of Family Credit if they were forced to do so, or again, if opportunity factors played a part. Secondly, the study looked at the actual transition to Family Credit. Previous studies have indicated that the initial transition to Family Credit can be a particularly problematic time for claimants. This research sought to complement existing evidence about the transition period by investigating the experiences of a small number of lone parents who had moved onto Family Credit. It was found that most of the lone parents in the sample experienced financial difficulties when moving onto Family Credit and borrowing and debt were common during this time. Only a minority of the sample experienced long term debt as a result of the transition period, however. Lastly the study focused on perceptions of employment and Family Credit.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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