Evaluating In-Work Credit, Work Search Premium, extended schools childcare and New Deal Plus for lone parents

Funded by: Department for Work and Pensions

Duration:

January 2005 to December 2009

PSI researchers:


Genevieve Knight

Background, summary and aims

This project aims to evaluate the impact of a number of policies designed to help or encourage lone parents into work and/or to stop claiming benefits.

These policies are:

In-Work Credit (IWC): a weekly payment of £40 that is available (for up to 12 months) to all lone parents who have been claiming income support (IS) or jobseeker's allowance (JSA) for at least 12 months, and who stop claiming benefit and move into work of at least 16 hours per week.

Work Search Premium (WSP): a weekly payment of £20 that is available (for up to 6 months) to all lone parents who have been claiming IS/JSA for at least 12 months and participate in the New Deal for Lone Parents (NDLP), and who voluntarily engage in job search activity.

Quarterly Work Focused Interviews (QWFI): mandatory for all lone parents whose youngest child is aged 12 or above, and who have been claiming IS/JSA for at least 12 months.

Extended Schools Childcare and Childcare Tasters (ESC): designed to improve childcare affordability and give parents the opportunity to "taste" childcare provision before committing to it long-term.

New Deal for Lone Parents Plus (NDP): enhanced NDLP services.

The project uses data from the DWP's Work & Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS) to quantitatively evaluate the impact of the various combinations of these pilot programmes on exit rates from benefits and employment rates of all lone parents on IS/JSA in the pilot areas.

This project is carried out in collaboration with researchers at the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Outcomes


Publication related to the project

The lone parent pilots after 12 to 24 months: an impact assessment of In-Work Credit, Work Search Premium, Extended Schools Childcare, Quarterly Work Focused Interviews and New Deal Plus for Lone Parents

From April 2004, a set of Government policies designed to help lone parents into work have been piloted in various combinations in a number of Jobcentre Plus districts in Great Britain. This report estimates the impact of the LPPs on lone parents who have received Income Support (IS) or Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) for at least 12 months. It uses a difference-in-differences (DiD) estimator, and makes use of lone parents in districts not operating a pilot as a comparison group. The data covers the first 12 months (Phase 3 districts) to the first 24 months (Phase 1 districts) of the pilots' operation, and so should be seen as giving the early impacts. Impacts were estimated separately for the stock of lone parents who had been on benefit for at least 12 months when the pilots began, and the flow sample of lone parents whose claim of IS/JSA reached 12 months after the pilots began.

Brewer, M.; Browne, J.; Crawford, C.; Knight, G.; (2007) 'The lone parent pilots after 12 to 24 months: an impact assessment of In-Work Credit, Work Search Premium, Extended Schools Childcare, Quarterly Work Focused Interviews and New Deal Plus for Lone Parents' Department for Work and Pensions Research report no. 415.

Read the report [pdf]

see also:
Brewer, M., Browne, J., Chowdry, H., Crawford, C. (2009) The lone parent pilots after 24-36 months: the final impact assessment of In-Work Credit, Work Search Premium, Extended Schools Childcare, Quarterly Work Focused Interviews and New Deal Plus for Lone Parents, DWP research report 606

Read the report [pdf]