Distribution of income within families receiving benefits

Jackie Goode, Claire Callender and Ruth Lister

Research based on a series of in-depth interviews with couples receiving either Income Support or Family Credit found that the way income was managed and controlled within families was affected by which parent the money was paid to.

Benefits and other income paid directly to mothers was more likely to be spent in ways that benefit children or the family as a whole than if it went to fathers.

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