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Cash and carePolicy challenges in the welfare state$
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Caroline Glendinning and Peter A. Kemp

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348562

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348562.001.0001

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Carers and employment in a work-focused welfare state

Carers and employment in a work-focused welfare state

(p.111) Nine Carers and employment in a work-focused welfare state
Cash and care

Hilary Arksey

Peter A. Kemp

Policy Press

This chapter explores the interaction between paid employment and informal caregiving in Britain. The first section examines the risk of informal caring in Britain today, its implications for participation in paid employment, and its consequences for earnings and incomes more generally. The second section looks at what help is potentially available to carers, both in terms of cash and practical support. The third section draws on an empirical study of carers' aspirations and decisions about work, in order to compare policy with practice. The final section presents conclusions about carers and employment within the welfare state in Britain today.

Keywords:   paid employment, informal caregiving, carers, welfare state

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