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CASEbrief
Money and Meaning: How working-age social security benefit recipients understand and use their money
Kate Summers
December 2018
Paper No' CASEbrief 35:
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Tags: universal credit; benefits; working-age; unemployment; stigma; social security

This CASEBrief summarises Kate Summers’ doctoral research. The research aimed to develop a detailed picture of how working-age social security benefit recipients understand and use their money. Forty-three indepth, qualitative interviews were conducted with working-age social security recipients living across east London. Participants were asked about the processes of receiving, organising, and using their social security money. The focus was on building a detailed, micro, account of money in people’s day to day lives.