The take-up of Family Credit

[ employment-and-welfare  modelling-and-descriptives  ]

This project was concerned with two means-tested benefits available to working families with children: family income supplement (FIS) and housing benefit (HB). Take-up among eligible families of both these benefits was incomplete. Using individual-level data from the Family Expenditure Survey, we simulated families’ eligibility and entitlement to FIS and HB and estimated an econometric model to explore their influence on the take-up decision.


Dorsett, R. and Heady, C. (1991) The take-up of means-tested benefits by working families with children Fiscal Studies, 12 (4): 22-32


Leverhulme Trust