Single parents forced to find work

LONE parents will be forced to find a job or risk losing all or part of their benefits in further welfare cuts by the government.

In the latest change, that came into force on May 21, single parents with children about to start school will risk cuts to their benefits if they do not find employment.

They were given eight weeks notice that their benefits would switch from Income Support to Job Seeker’s Allowance.

A report to Wakefield Council by Coun Olivia Rowley, cabinet member for children and young people, said that previously lone parents of older children were given 12 months notice.

It also stated that the government’s Department for Works and Pensions anticipates that only 20 per cent of the country’s lone parents will find work.

Jon Trickett MP has pledged to support single parents in the Express area.

He said: “This is one of the first provisions in the Welfare Reform Act 2012 to come into force and I am appalled that lone parents are being given so little notice. There are very few jobs available and even fewer that are flexible and family friendly. I will be monitoring how this affects families in my constituency.”