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Universal Credit may reinforce the traditional ‘male breadwinner’ model and affect many women’s access to an income

By Claire Annesley and Fran Bennett

Abstract

The proposed Universal Benefit is one of the coalition’s flagship policies, aiming to consolidate benefits and tax credits into one single payment, thereby reducing complexity and administration costs significantly. Claire Annesley and Fran Bennett of the Women’s Budget Group argue that a move to a single benefit would have disproportionate effects on women in low income families by reinforcing the ‘male breadwinner’ model, reducing their ability to budget and access to an income of their own

Topics: HJ Public Finance, HQ The family. Marriage. Woman, JN101 Great Britain
Publisher: Blog post from London School of Economics & Political Science
Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:37262
Provided by: LSE Research Online

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