This report aims to improve targeting of initiatives for households in poverty by increasing our
knowledge of the economic activity status and skills levels of households.

Income poverty is set to rise by 2020. Two key ways for policy to increase household incomes are: to reduce worklessness, and to improve prospects for those trapped in low-wage and low-skilled work. However, these interventions tend to focus on individuals, whereas poverty is experienced at the household level. This report explores the following research questions:

  • What are the key differences between poor and non-poor households in terms of economic activity status and skills?
  • What are the other socio-economic and labour-market-related characteristics that differentiate poor and non-poor households?
  • What are the labour market attitudes and aspirations of non-working households?
  • How can the research improve the targeting of labour market and skills initiatives for households in poverty?

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