The government has set two policy goals directly affecting the lives of many women and children: to increase lone-parent employment to 70 per cent by 2010 and to eliminate child poverty by 2020. The two are closely related, with paid work seen as offering the best route out of poverty.  However, although there has been much research on the barriers to employment for lone mothers, we know little about the impact of paid work on the everyday lives of lone mothers and their children, nor about the factors that help or hinder lone parents to stay in paid work. This research will explore these issues through in-depth interviews with lone mothers and with their children (aged 8 to 14).  Fifty lone mothers and their children have already been interviewed once shortly after the mothers started paid work. Those interviews focused on how the families managed and negotiated the transition into work. This new study will return to the families about one year later and examine the longer-term impact and sustainability of employment - and, in some cases, job loss and return to benefits - on the lives of lone mothers, their children and the family as a whole



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Tax credits: a close-up view

Author: Jane Millar Date: 01 February 2011 Journal article

Work and care in lone-mother families : a family practices perspective

Creator: Jane Millar Date: 04 September 2008 Seminar/workshop

Becoming a ‘working family’ – mothers, children, and staying in work

Creator: Jane Millar Date: 04 September 2008 Seminar/workshop

Lone parents, work and welfare : evidence and policy

Author: Jane Millar Date: 24 March 2010 Conference paper/presentation

Making work pay? : tax credits and lone-parent employment in the UK

Author: Jane Millar Date: 04 September 2008 Conference paper/presentation

Lone mother entering employment: from home to work and the impact on children

Author: Jane Millar Date: 01 April 2006 Conference paper/presentation

Work is good for you : lone mothers, children, work and well-being

Author: Jane Millar Date: 01 January 2008 Occasional paper

Research, policy and practice, staying in work : a research case study

Creator: Jane Millar Date: 04 September 2008 Seminar/workshop

Making work pay, making tax credits work : an assessment with specific reference to lone-parent employment

Author: Jane Millar Date: 01 January 2008 Journal article

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Non-technical summary

Author: Jane Millar Date: 16 August 2007 Research summary

Work and wellbeing : lone mothers, their children and social relationships

Author: Jane Millar Date: 01 June 2007 Conference paper/presentation

Start with baby steps : the process of entering & staying in work for lone-mother families

Author: Jane Millar Date: 06 October 2006 Conference paper/presentation

Making work pay? : tax credits and lone-parent employment in the UK

Author: Jane Millar Date: 13 August 2007 Conference paper/presentation

Better-off in work? : work, security and welfare for lone mothers

Author: Jane Millar Date: 01 January 2006 Book chapter

The dynamics of poverty and employment : the contribution of qualitative longitudinal research to understanding transitions, adaptations and trajectories

Author: Jane Millar Date: 01 January 2007 Article (submitted)

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Full research report

Author: Jane Millar Date: 16 August 2007 Full research report

‘Work is good for you’ : lone mothers, children, work and well-being

Creator: Jane Millar Date: 04 September 2008 Presentation/lecture

Work and care in lone-mother families : a family-work project

Creator: Jane Millar Date: 04 September 2008 Presentation/lecture

Families, work and care : lone mothers and their children

Creator: Jane Millar Date: 09 September 2008 Seminar/workshop

Work and care in lone-mother families : a family-work project

Creator: Jane Millar Date: 04 September 2008 Presentation/lecture

The challenges of sustaining employment in low-income working lone-mother households

Author: Jane Millar Date: 29 June 2009 Conference paper/presentation

Family lives and relationships over time : using research evidence for policy

Author: Jane Millar Date: 03 June 2009 Conference paper/presentation

Researching work and welfare over time in the UK : lone mothers and their children

Author: Jane Millar Date: 03 June 2009 Conference paper/presentation

Relationships of care : working lone mothers, their children and employment sustainability

Author: Jane Millar Date: 01 January 2009 Article (submitted)

Lone parents in the UK : income, poverty and employment

Author: Jane Millar Date: 03 June 2009 Conference paper/presentation

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Start date
31 March 2005
End date
30 May 2007
Grant holder
Professor Jane Millar
Co-applicants
Professor Tess Ridge
Grant amount
£88,926.81
Grant reference
RES-000-23-1079
Discipline
Social Policy
Grant type