Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Are “cultures of worklessness” passed down the generations?

via JRF – Combined Feed by daniel.clarkson

Are there really families where three generations have never worked?

New research found that “cultures of worklessness” was not a good explanation for unemployment.

A new JRF study investigates the concept of “intergenerational cultures of worklessness”. The idea of “three generations of the same family who have never worked” appeals to many, including politicians and policy-makers, to explain entrenched worklessness in the UK.

Researchers in deprived neighbourhoods in Glasgow and Middlesbrough found that worklessness was not the result of a culture of worklessness, held in families and passed down the generations.

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