Universal credit, Lone mothers and poverty: Some context and challenges for social work with children and families
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractUniversal Credit is a streamlined benefits delivery system initially introduced in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2008. Conditionality-based welfare policies are increasingly international in scale, and are now widely adopted by neoliberal governments on the basis that paid employment offers the most efficacious route out of poverty for citizen-subjects. Numerous studies suggest otherwise, and highlight their negative impact upon the social rights, lived experiences, and attempts to alleviate poverty for service users. This article analyses the reformed benefit system and wider workfare policies effect upon lone mothers, including as a consequence of engagement with an ever more stigmatizing benefit system, and associated risks posed by sanctions or precarious low-paid employment. It highlights some of the consequences for social work with children and families of Universal Credit: including ongoing tensions and challenges created for the profession by the punitive policies of the workfare-orientated centaur state.
CitationCarey, M., & Bell, S. (2020). Universal credit, Lone mothers and poverty: Some context and challenges for social work with children and families. Critical and Radical Social Work, 8(2), 189-203. https://doi.org/10.1332/204986020X15945756252756
JournalCritical and Radical Social Work
DescriptionThis is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an article published in Critical and Radical Social Work. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Carey, M., & Bell, S. (2020). Universal credit, Lone mothers and poverty: Some context and challenges for social work with children and families. Critical and Radical Social Work, 8(2), 189-203 is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1332/204986020X15945756252756
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