An interesting study on Poverty and Labour, requested by the European Commission and contracted with The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
This review pulls together the existing evidence from across the European Union on the effectiveness of different policy interventions aimed at reducing low pay and in-work poverty.
The study focuses on three policy areas:
1) The Link between Income Support and Activation;
2) Preventative Measures and Preventative Approaches to Low Pay and In-Work Poverty;
3) Creating More Equal Societies.
“Poverty and social exclusion are often associated with long-term unemployment and household worklessness. Yet in today’s European labour market, a job is not always sufficient to provide a decent livelihood for workers and their families. In many Member States, in-work poverty is on the rise, driven by a combination of factors including low pay, low work intensity, instability of employment, and the way that tax-benefit systems work (or do not work) to redistribute market incomes and support households with additional needs. These factors are themselves shaped by the economy, the functioning of the welfare state, the balance of power and influence, and by choices made by individuals and families“.