Some policy issues for reforms of assistance to sole parents
Keywords:Early Childhood Education Task Force, Welfare Working Group, sole-parent beneficiaries, work tax credit (IWTC), family tax credit (MFTC), Prime Ministerial Task Force on Employment, abatement of Jobseeker Support, early childhood education and care costs, wage rates and education and training, ‘workfocused’ welfare system
The National-led government is currently considering a number of major policy initiatives that potentially have significant implications for sole parents, especially sole parents on benefit. These include changes to welfare following the Welfare Working Group’s (WWG) final report (WWG, 2011), and possible amendments to child support (see Dunne, 2010) and to early childhood education and care (ECEC) arising from the recommendations of the Early Childhood Education Task Force (which at the time of writing had not reported).
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