Welfare revamp to push single parents to work
NZ Herald Nov 25, 2010
A major review of the welfare state has put forward options that could require the vast majority of sole parents, sick and disabled beneficiaries to look for work. The review by the Government’s welfare working group chaired by economist Paula Rebstock suggests that as few as 20,000 of the 144,000 sickness and invalid beneficiaries might be exempted from job-search requirements. Sole parents could be required to look for work when their youngest children turn 3, or even 1 – both much tougher than the requirement introduced two months ago to look for work when their youngest children turn 6.
Once again, the message to mothers is that their worth is in paid work. So they do double shifts – full time work, full time mothers. No wonder they struggle to cope. We need to allow mother to be mothers!