Investigating the impact of Universal Credit for families balancing work, money and care

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DSPI's Fran Bennett is involved in a major new ESRC-funded research project which has recently launched at the University of Bath. Couples balancing work, money and care: exploring the shifting landscape under Universal Credit is a three-year longitudinal, qualitative research study based on a sample of 75 low-income couples with dependent children. It will examine the ways in which couples with children make decisions about work and care and manage their household finances in the context of the new policy landscape of Universal Credit.

At the project launch, Fran commented: "Introducing Universal Credit - with its dual aim of alleviating poverty and making work pay - is a complex policy challenge for the Government. We want our findings to provide new insights that can help better inform policy makers working in this area on the practicalities and realities of making this new system work for all."

To find out more about this exciting research, visit here.