ERIC Number: ED251547
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Families in Poverty: Changes in the "Safety Net." Subcommittee on Oversight and Subcommittee on Public Assistance and Unemployment Compensation of the Committee on Ways and Means. U.S. House of Representatives.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Ways and Means.
What has happened to poor families with children and corresponding changes in Federal expenditure for antipoverty programs between 1980 and 1984 are the subjects of this study, prepared by the staff of the House Ways and Means Committee. The study attempts to recreate the experience of a "typical" welfare-receiving family, a mother and two children, in 1980 and 1984. Following the introduction, the study methodology is described and the assumptions made at each stage of the research highlighted. Legislative changes affecting low-income families are then reviewed. Next, families at various wage levels are looked at and changes in the sources of family income and expenditures between 1980 and 1984 are traced (case studies and national data are included). Disposable income for these families and the amount and sources of income they would need to rise above poverty in the two study years are then examined. Finally, Federal welfare spending over time is analyzed to determine whether trends in welfare spending confirm the results of the previous analyses. Income statistics are provided in fourteen appendices. (KH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Ways and Means.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Aid to Families with Dependent Children