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Living wages and the 'making work pay' strategy.

Grover, Chris G. (2005) Living wages and the 'making work pay' strategy. Critical Social Policy, 25 (1). pp. 5-27. ISSN 0261-0183

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Abstract

Poverty among workers is a perennial problem. Recently there has been much interest in the idea of living wages. As mechanisms to increase wages above the ‘poverty line’, living wages present an alternative to New Labour’s ‘making work pay’ strategy; a combination of minimum wage regulation and means-tested, in-work relief. Through a comparison of living wages and the ‘making work pay’ strategy this paper critically examines both by focusing upon the aims of the two strategies, their ability to deliver higher incomes to workers and their families, and the assumptions upon which the two strategies are based. The paper demonstrates that while the ‘making work pay’ strategy is more sensitive to need than living wages, outside of wider changes in the social relations of capital and gender, the two strategies are similar in buttressing capitalism and institutionalizing stereotypes of women as dependants and carers.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Critical Social Policy
Additional Information: RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Social Work and Social Policy & Administration
Uncontrolled Keywords: capitalism • gender • poverty • relief • work
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
ID Code: 3244
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 25 Mar 2008 12:15
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 20:32
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3244

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