Thursday, November 20, 2008

Guardian: A bureaucratic kicking won't help lone parents into work

Guardian: A bureaucratic kicking won't help lone parents into work

'The new child benefit rules make a mockery of Labour's rhetoric on choice and hurt those who most need support'

by Libby Brooks

"So welfare-to-work has its limits: more than half of children living in poverty already have a parent in employment. And these proposals also subscribe to a middle-class agenda which assumes that all mothers - and the vast majority of single parents are women - are desperate to return to meaningful, well-paid jobs which fulfil their sense of self beyond the home. While the majority of single parents in this country are in employment, the ones who remain on benefits are by definition those who need much more than a bureaucratic kick up the arse to get them behind the till at Tesco. Credit crunch or not, it makes no sense to remove support for the people who choose to concentrate on the hard work of parenting in difficult circumstances."

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