Unemployment and Income Protection: How do Better-Earning Households Expect to Manage Financially?

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Abstract

Apart from health care and education, it could be argued that working-age households with above average income in the UK have never relied as much on the welfare state as their counterparts in many other European countries. How then do better earning households expect to cope financially with the risk of unemployment, and to what extent do they plan ahead for a possible loss of earnings? Based on 61 interviews with couples the article discusses various sources of income protection that these households envisage drawing upon in the event of unemployment. State benefits figure only marginally, private insurances to a limited extent and savings slightly more. However, there is little evidence of strategic planning. By contrast, many perceive their current job and personal employability as providing some security and regard the prospect of occupational redundancy pay as a major source of income protection. This finding contrasts sharply with a paucity of systematic information about the actual scope, quality and development of employer-based income security.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)587-603
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Social Policy
Volume42
Issue number3
Early online date2 Apr 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2013

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