7 thoughts on “Better work incentives are the key to reducing child poverty”

  1. Posted 16/12/2009 at 11:34 | Permalink

    Forgive me for asking, but do ‘the workless’ have more children than those in work?

  2. Posted 16/12/2009 at 16:43 | Permalink

    This article assumes work to be an absolutely good thing. But the experience of work varies, depending on gender,age, disability, ethnicity and pay rates. Child poverty also varies depending on these and other variables. Indeed work can be an escape from the daily experience of a family in poverty.

    So there is no one solution, but generous maternal and paternal leave from work would be a start.

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  3. Posted 16/12/2009 at 17:12 | Permalink

    “do ‘the workless’ have more children than those in work”
    On average, yes. What I don’t know is whether there are more very large families among the workless, or whether are fewer childless households (vis-a-vis comparable households with a member in work). I am not sure either whether these households have children and then become economically inactive, or whether they decide to have children while already being in the state of inactivity. I’ll look it up.

    “This article assumes work to be an absolutely good thing.”
    No. But it does say that work is better than its reputation (gained from snapshot statistics).

  4. Posted 16/12/2009 at 17:24 | Permalink

    In answer to Brendan, surely the issue is this: either you work or somebody else has to work to keep you. In the case of the taxpayer, they are not given any choice in the matter.

  5. Posted 16/12/2009 at 17:30 | Permalink

    Brendan – I can’t see how more generous maternal and paternal leave would help the situation, particularly if it was imposed by legislation. Wouldn’t it reduce the incentives for employers to recruit people of childbearing age?

  6. Posted 06/01/2010 at 16:21 | Permalink

    It might increase the incentive; because both employer and employee would have legislated details re time off, pay when off, job securely held and for how long, possible hours working from home, effect on pension, effect on holiday entitelement, and more.

    But there is here a real test of your commitment to the employer viz: do you return after your leave. Or better, do you return before your legal maximum time off? Also, there is greater clarity about the maximum time off. This can focus discussions on the time requested.

    People of child bearing age are now greater in number than ever before. This has to do with many things; earlier puberty, increasing age of motherhood.

  7. Posted 07/01/2010 at 13:46 | Permalink

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