Unemployed Couples: Attitudes Towards Proposals Affecting Partners of Jobseekers
In-House Report No. 47
By Kandy Woodfield and Helen Finch
This report presents findings of qualitative research into attitudes towards a series of proposed reforms affecting unemployed couples who receive Jobseekers Allowance (JSA). It includes views about the impact of dual unemployment (where both members of a couple are unemployed); roles and responsibilities in households; the current JSA arrangements for partners of jobseekers; and proposals which would provide additional support to partners to help them find employment. The research was based on focus groups with the general public, jobseekers and non-working partners of jobseekers. The study was carried out by researchers from the Qualitative Research Unit at Social and Community Planning Research.
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