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Welcome relief or indecent subsidy? The implications of wage top-up schemes

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A key policy response to the downward pressure on wages of the lowest-paid workers in the developed economies of the capitalist world has been the introduction of meanstested cash transfer schemes by which to top up low wages. Findings from a study of the experiences of the beneficiaries of a particular scheme (the United Kingdom's Working Tax Credit) suggest that, although schemes may serve to relieve the poverty of low-paid workers and their families, the extent to which they promote the accessibility of 'decent work' is ambiguous.
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Keywords: POVERTY; TOP-UPS; WAGES; WORK

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2012

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