This paper draws on policy analysis and interviews with 27 Victorian women to propose a multidimensional framework for understanding and achieving economic security for low-income single mothers and their children.
- even with careful budgets, making ends meet is a struggle
- the clash between unpredictable work and fixed hours of child care restricts mothers’ choices
- conditional and confusing social security creates anxiety and undermines economic security
- the unfair child support system compounds women’s difficulties.