Working for Families Package (WFF)

Evidence-based Evaluation of Working for Families (2012)

Susan St John and Claire Dale offer a framework for analysing the appropriateness and limits of using research-based evidence to evaluate social policy. They then employ this framework to assess the Working for Families package, implemented by the former Labour-led government, focussing particularly on the controversial In-Work Tax Credit (IWTC). In short, they conclude that the IWTC is not merely discriminatory, but that such discrimination is harmful and unjustified.

Can the 'In Work Tax Credit' be justified as an in-work benefit? (2009)

Susan St Johyn and Claire Dale. The In Work Tax Credit (IWTC) was introduced as part of the Working for Families package that was phased in between 2005-2007. While New Zealand’s IWTC may, on the surface, appear similar to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in the US, and to the Working Tax Credit in the UK, there are important differences. This paper contributes to the international pool of knowledge about the  design and impact of in work benefits.

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