Income security and income change Defining insecurity in a study of means-tested benefit claimants in the UK

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Abstract

Insecurity is a topical policy issue that is being widely discussed in new ways (Shafique 2018; Citizens Advice 2018; Eurofound 2018). It is also receiving increased attention as a political issue with both historic and current Government decisions affecting “…the balance between security and insecurity within the UK’s socio-economic structure.” (Orton, 2015, p.11). While this attention is important to the development of policy solutions, less attention has been paid to the theoretical development of the concept of insecurity. How should insecurity be defined and conceptualised within a study of the experience of income change?
Insecurity is commonly defined as lacking an adequate income and the lack of choice, freedom and dignity this entails (Silburn and Becker 2009; Orton 2015). Less attention has been paid to income stability as a factor in insecurity, and the consequences for people on low incomes.
This paper will outline how insecurity has been conceptualised at the macro level and in everyday life and draw out the usefulness of these conceptualisations for a study of income variability and change in the lives of mean-tested benefit claimants. It will finish by briefly introducing an ongoing PhD study and its early indicative findings.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2018
EventNew Directions in Welfare State Reform - Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 8 Nov 20189 Nov 2018

Conference

ConferenceNew Directions in Welfare State Reform
CountryKorea, Republic of
CitySeoul
Period8/11/189/11/18

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