Report challenges working couple penalty

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New research challenges the assertion that couples who have children and are on benefits are economically better off if they split up.


The report, Does the Tax and Benefit System Create a Couple Penalty? by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation finds that families on benefits are neither better nor worse off if they separate, while working families on low incomes are as likely to lose as to gain from living apart.