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In Work Credit

Country of implementation
United Kingdom
General short description of the innovation
In Work Credit (IWC) was a financial incentive available to lone parents and some coupled parents with a dependent child aged under 16 moving into work for at least 16 hours per week. It was a non-taxable weekly payment of 40 to those living outside London and 60 for those living in London for a maximum of 52 weeks. Eligibility did not only depend on the age of the dependent child, the minimum of 16 hours of work per week and a minimum period of work of five weeks, but also on the receipt of one of the benefits such as Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance, Incapacity Benefits, Employment and Support Allowance or Severe Disability Allowance for at least 52 weeks (differences for London and Outside of London). / / New IWC payments ceased in October 2013 when Universal Credit claims will start to be taken in all areas.
Target group
Total Population
Policy Field
  • general fiscal
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
Piloted as of April 2004; national roll-out in April 2008-October 2013
Scope of innovation
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: national
Type of innovation
  • new policy, practice or measure
New outputs
  • subsidies/tax-credits
Intended target group
lone parents and some coupled parents with a dependent child aged under 16
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • central state
Intended output
  • subsidies/tax-credits
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