The potential of child support to reduce lone mother poverty: comparing population survey data in Australia and the UK – Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

ABSTRACT

This paper assesses the contribution that child support makes to Australian lone mothers’ income packages and the proportion lifted out of poverty as a result. Using the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) dataset, we compare the results to a study conducted in the UK. Child support payments were more likely to be received in Australia and, when received, payments reduced lone mothers’ poverty rate by 21 per cent, a greater extent than in the UK. These findings provide important insights for Australia and the UK where debates continue about the configuration of the system and enforcement mechanisms.

SOURCE: Skinner, Christine; Cook, Kay and Sinclair, Sarah, “The potential of child support to reduce lone mother poverty: comparing population survey data in Australia and the UK”, Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, Volume 25, Number 1, February 2017, pp. 79-94(16)

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