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Welcome relief or indecent subsidy? The implications of wage top-up schemes

Dean, Hartley (2012) Welcome relief or indecent subsidy? The implications of wage top-up schemes. Policy and Politics, 40 (3). pp. 305-321. ISSN 0305-5736

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Abstract

A key policy response to the downward pressure on wages of the lowest-paid workers in the developed economies of the capitalist world has been the introduction of meanstested cash transfer schemes by which to top up low wages. Findings from a study of the experiences of the beneficiaries of a particular scheme (the United Kingdom's Working Tax Credit) suggest that, although schemes may serve to relieve the poverty of low-paid workers and their families, the extent to which they promote the accessibility of 'decent work' is ambiguous.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/tpp/pap
Additional Information: © 2012 The Policy Press
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2012 12:16
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/47471/

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