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Half of single mothers 'do not want to work', says report

Posted by on Dec. 31, 2012 at 10:44 PM
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Half of single mothers 'do not want to work', says report

Report: Government spending on persuading single mums into work is being wasted

UP to half of all single mothers do not want to work and simply will not take jobs, a report has found.

The analysis said Labour will never achieve its goal of persuading large numbers of lone parents to abandon a life on benefits because a huge proportion of them simply refuse to do so.

The study, produced by the Department for Work and Pensions, suggests much of the £3.4billion spent on attempts to encourage lone mothers to find jobs over the past ten years has been wasted.

It declared that Government campaigns 'struggle to make significant headway against the firm decision of some lone parents to choose not to work', and put this proportion at between 12 and 50 per cent.

Four out of ten lone mothers, the report added, say they do want to take jobs 'but only at some point in the future'.

New Labour's efforts to reduce poverty have centred on single parents since Tony Blair won the 1997 election.

As Chancellor, Gordon Brown devised the tax credits benefit system which currently pumps £16billion a year into the pockets of lower-paid working people and which is heavily biased towards helping single mothers.

Some £3.4billion has gone on the New Deal for Lone Parents, a welfare-to-work scheme meant to help single mothers into jobs.

However, recent figures showed that only around a fifth of those joining the New Deal find work that lasts more than a few weeks.

Mr Brown's target is to have 70 per cent of single parents in work.

However, this summer only 57.1 per cent were reported by Government surveys to be in employment.

The new analysis, carried out for the DWP by Andrew Thomas of Insite Research and Consulting, examined 'work focused interviews' which are a key part of the New Deal package.

Mothers must attend an interview if they wish to continue claiming the main benefit for the workless, income support.

The report said that although some mothers who are looking or willing to look for work derive some benefit from the interviews, most see going to one as a routine part of claiming benefits.

In spite of 'additional support premiums, incentives, transitional benefits, information on childcare and other elements that have been added piecemeal to the programme over the past five years,' the report found little progress had been made.

Interviews 'still appear to be unable to make significant headway against the firm decision of many to choose not to work'.

Ministers are understood to have discussed over the summer a system which would withdraw benefits from lone mothers who refuse to work.

The threat of withdrawing social security proved highly successful in the U.S. during the 1990s when used by President Bill Clinton.

But Mr Brown told the TUC conference earlier this month that the main change in Government policy would be to offer single parents even more incentives and extra benefits.

These will include £40 a week in taxpayer-subsidised pay - £60 a week in London - for the first year in work, £400 in training allowances, and a rule to allow single mothers to continue receiving state out-of-work benefits for their first six weeks in a job.

Critics of the system said that the DWP report was an admission that ten years of expensive Labour policies have failed.

Robert Whelan of the Civitas think tank said: "If people know they have the option of not working, they won't work. The only way is the Clinton way, in which you make it clear to people that they will lose their benefits if they don't work.

"In 1997 there was talk that the Government was going to do this as part of a wholesale reform of the welfare state. Instead what they have done is to produce the largest client group of the benefit-dependent in history."

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futureshock
by Ruby Member on Dec. 31, 2012 at 10:46 PM

bump

Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Dec. 31, 2012 at 10:49 PM
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manure

LaughingTattoo
by Member on Dec. 31, 2012 at 10:53 PM
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I call bullshit. Statistics can be swayed to say whatever you would like it to say. Thats the very first thing you learn in Statistic for the Behavioral Sciences.

Peanutx3
by Ruby Member on Dec. 31, 2012 at 10:54 PM
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Sigh

MKSmom09
by on Dec. 31, 2012 at 10:54 PM
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I am a single mother and it absolutely angers me when there are those that are capable to work but refuse to simply because they don't want to. I am sorry but when you gave birth to those children it became YOUR job to support your children not the State's. With that being said, I am on assistance but it is because I have no choice and I NEED the help. Did I mention I am working full time plus going to school full time plus taking care of a house and my children? No excuse except laziness. If you have a baby take responsibility for your actions and work to support that child

Venae
by on Dec. 31, 2012 at 11:00 PM
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Well no shit!  I bet as many married mothers don't want to work either, but they ain't got the government as they baby daddies!

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Dec. 31, 2012 at 11:09 PM

I agree- and a whole lot of them who are at home, probably should be working.

Quoting Venae:

Well no shit!  I bet as many married mothers don't want to work either, but they ain't got the government as they baby daddies!


FrauPineapple
by Member on Dec. 31, 2012 at 11:12 PM
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Gosh I'm a single mother and I'm looking for more work! This is laughable.
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Sisteract
by Whoopie on Dec. 31, 2012 at 11:12 PM
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Jobs deficit- not many are going to work at some mw job just to lose money and benefits-

Too many who need a job vs available, family supporting  jobs.

What is one of the most cited reasons by many women, [married too] for not working? They'd make too little (or no money) after paying for daycare-


LuvingMy3Girls
by Member on Dec. 31, 2012 at 11:14 PM
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I know of a girl, she is young has a 2 dd. she has an apt, fs, Medicaid and a million other services. She has no plans to work. Kinda makes me ill
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