Single Mothers May Face Benefit Cuts As Soon as Child Turns One
If you're a single mom with young toddlers, you better get prepped up. According to reports of a Government announcement to be made today, you could soon be forced to get back to work as soon as your youngest child turns 1, or face benefit cuts.
Ministers are desperate to change the "something for nothing" welfare culture in Britain. With 8 million 'economically inactive' (i.e. unable to get work, or a CV photo so bad that it goes right into the 'reject' pile) people claiming weekly income support of up to £57.45, they believe that a large number of people are claiming benefits when they don't even need them. As a result of this proposal, approximately 300,000 of 770,000 unemployed single mothers may be required to be spending their 9-5s looking for work or undertaking community service.
Professor Paul Gregg, the author of a Government-commissioned report, said that this move will tackle the growing trend of people seeking incapacity and job benefits. Only those with severe health conditions or disabilities will be excluded from the clause, as well as carers and lone parents with children under the age of one. The idea is that almost everyone on benefits should be looking for a job, or face it being removed for up to 4 weeks if they repeatedly refuse to cooperate.
The report was 'strongly welcomed' by James Purnell, the Work and Pensions Secretary, adding "The approach that virtually everyone should be doing something in return for benefits is the right one".