JAN 16 2013 / Who earns the money in your house? Relate supports IPPR study on ‘New Breadwinners’
Gone are the days, for most families, when men went out to work and women looked after the household. In many families, both partners feel they have to work just to make ends meet. Sometimes, this is managed by one partner working part time, and this role has often been filled by women. But increasingly, women are working full time alongside their partners, and even becoming the main or sole breadwinner in their families. Relate is supporting a study by IPPR to investigate what impact this is having, and how families are adjusting to the change.
The report will look at how families, relationships and gender roles have changed, and whether government policy has kept up with these adjustments. It will examine child care, relationships, parental leave, income and work patterns, as well as taking into consideration the impact of the current economic recession.
IPPR’s working hypothesis is that there is a greater diversity to breadwinning than our current policy structures suggest. Through this analysis, we aim to shed new light on what is happening in the UK context. For example, what is the impact of family change on breadwinning and relationships; and how do changing breadwinning patterns affect the identity of men and women, mums and dads. The analysis should lead to better informed recommendations in areas such as childcare, relationship support and family friendly working.
More information on the project can be found here.