There is an obligation by the government, to treat both sexes fairly. the subject of single parents is obviously under scrutiny by us to ensure that this is the case. It is a fact - sadly - that most single parents are women. Our initial investigations would seem to indicate that the women's sector of the lone parents group, is suffering under the new and evolving welfare system
Do you have any factual back up for this/ If so, we would like to hear from you. You will be completely anonymous, and your mails are not passed on to anyone else.
From Monday 24th November, single mums - parents - will need to satisfy the benefits system, that they are 'ready and available for work up to sixteen hours in a week - providing that their youngest child is 12 years old. It used to be 16 years old.
In two years time, the age of the youngest child will be lowered to 7 years.
The moaning and carping has already started from campaigners. Unfair? - What do you think? Tell us here
If you have become used to living off the state, then this new rule might seem harsh. However, having to work to make ends meet is a normal activity for most. If this new rule can help you back into work earlier, before settling in on the benefits system, then t can only be good for you and the country.
Bite the bullet. Rise to the challenge. In most cases the state will still be there to help those that really need it.
Comment If the government had paid a little more attention to the shortcomings of the old CSA and forcefully collected the money that is owed to lone parents and their children, it would have been a fairer system. Basically the introduction of of the new 'CSA' is little other than an admission that it screwed up last time. The money for children should in the first case come from absent fathers!
The basic change (24th November 2008) is that..... If you are already claiming income support, then the following changes will be implemented during the course of 2009.
NEW If you do not have a child under age 12 years, then if you are capable of work, you must claim Jobseeker's Allowance instead of Income Support. You can only claim Jobseeker's Allowance if you are 'actively' looking for work. If you are not capable of work, or you have other reasons for claiming Income Support, then you can continue to claim Income Support. Other reasons include Higher rate DLA - Disability Living Allowance and Carers Allowance or are fostering. The age qualification for youngest child will be lowered to 10 years in Oct 2009 and 7 years in Oct 2010. The total amount will be about the same. However, if you do not fall in line with the new rules, you could find your benefits being cut by as much as 40%. The timing of the new age limits and desire to see single parents in some work is a bit unfortunate, and the proposals were obviously drafted before the current economic problems (Oct 2008).
Presumable there will be some flexibility built into the system, or it will be doomed to catastrophic failure, as the prospect of finding a job of any kind recedes! Over to you Gordon! Probably seemed a good idea at the time.