The tender trap: reducing long-term welfare dependency by reforming the parenting payment system?

Social security Parenting and guardianship Policy Australia North America New Zealand Great Britain

Peter Saunders and Kayoko Tsumori outline a proposal to move lone parents whose children are at school off welfare and into work as part of a broader strategy of poverty eradication. Getting sole parents into work would greatly reduce poverty, since joblessness is the biggest cause of poverty. The current system which pays parents to stay at home on welfare until their child is 16 is counter productive for claimants and does not provide a positive role model for children. It is also expensive for tax payers and unfair to working parents.

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