June 1, 2010
This article examines the resilience (or otherwise) of the United
Kingdom social protection system in the face of increasing unemployment.
It explores the extent to which benefits protect the household incomes
of unemployed people both in relative terms and in comparison with an
income threshold. It finds that for the people most likely to become
unemployed in the first phase of the current downturn most of any
protection they have comes from the earnings of other household,
members. In the case of sole-earner households, the benefit system fails
to maintain household
income above the poverty threshold in most cases and the relative drop
in income for this group is very high by international standards.
Journal of Poverty and Social Justice
Volume: 18 (3): 229-242
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