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Social insecurity: children and benefit dynamics

Platt, Lucinda ORCID: 0000-0002-8251-6400 (2006) Social insecurity: children and benefit dynamics. Journal of Social Policy, 35 (03). pp. 391-410. ISSN 0047-2794

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0047279406009846


This article uses administrative data to explore benefit dynamics for children in Britain's second largest city, Birmingham, over the period January 1998 to June 1999. As the benefits in question (housing benefit and council tax benefit) are means tested, the dynamics are also informative about moves in and out of low income. The article is original in its use of quarterly data to provide a comprehensive picture of benefit dynamics, in treating the child rather than the benefit claimant as the unit of analysis, and also in including ethnic group differences in its analysis of benefit exit and re-entry. It provides a picture of substantial ‘welfare dynamics’: that is, movements in and out of benefit support. Living in a low-income family in receipt of benefit can be seen to be a part, and sometimes a recurring part, of the experience of a large proportion of children. It argues that policy needs to investigate and take account of the impact of insecure income as well as poverty when considering the welfare of children.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2006 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D1 - Household Behavior and Family Economics > D10 - General
H - Public Economics > H7 - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations > H75 - State and Local Government: Health, Education, and Welfare
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare and Poverty > I38 - Government Policy; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2014 15:53
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:32

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