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DSS in-house report;74
The Department of Social Security introduced Earnings Top-up (ETU) on a pilot basis in
October 1996. ETU was an income-related, in-work benefit. It aimed to encourage single
people and couples without dependent children to take up work or stay in work of 16 hours a
week or more.
The pilot ran for three years in eight areas: four received Scheme A ETU at a lower rate; and
four matched areas received Scheme B ETU at a higher rate. Four additional matched control
areas did not receive ETU. The areas covered four different types of labour market.
ETU was operated in the pilot areas through Benefits Agency (BA) and Employment Service
(ES) offices, and was centrally processed and administered by the BA in liaison with ES.
The design of the evaluation of the pilot integrated three complementary approaches: two
quantitative impact studies conducted by the Institute for Employment Research (IER) and
the Policy Studies Institute (PSI), and a process evaluation using qualitative methods carried
out by the Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP).
Staff panels of BA and ES staff were held each year in the eight pilot areas and the central
administration unit. Reports on earlier meetings were published in an Interim Report
(Vincent et al 2000). This is the report on the third round of meetings held early in 1999, it
also makes comparisons with the meetings earlier in the pilot.
The definitive version is available at: http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/IH74.pdf