Florence* had been receiving the government’s Single Parenting Payment for only six months when she was told she would be compulsorily moved on to the new ParentsNext program. As the sole parent of two school-aged children, Florence had spent the prior seven years in paid employment but was forced to leave her job after her elderly mother became unwell and needed a carer. Any hopes of receiving the practical “pre-employment” support ParentsNext claims to offer its recipients were quickly dashed…
SOURCE: Clementine Ford. “ParentsNext Program not Helping Single and Sole mothers.” The Saturday Paper, 04-10 May 2019.
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