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Peter Hain Seduces Lone Parents Back To Work

by | 16th, July 2007

PERMA-TANNED Peter Hain, the Secretary for Work and Pensions, has lone parents in his sights as plans are unveiled to get them back into the workforce by using “tough love”.

Hain delivered a Green Paper to the Cabinet last week, which recommended that single parents should be forced to seek work once their youngest child is 12 years or over.

The plans are based on a report by David Freud, an investment banker who reviewed the Government’s welfare-to-work strategy last year.

According to Freud, the threshold, which currently stands at 16, should be reduced to 12 years for the youngest child in a move to try and get 300,000 more lone parents back to work.

A senior Government source says: “Freud found that lone-parent families can be better off if the parent does manage to find work. We think this may be tough love but it can help people out of poverty.”

And into debt…

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