Back to her family friendly push The Work And Pensions Minister Yvette Cooper is now threatening to take income support away from single parents and throwing them onto Job Seekers Allowance. The move shows the increasingly tough stance being adopted by the government on benefits and a move towards reducing the unemployment figures and reducing
the reliance on the benefits system by single parents.
If you're a single parent and are reading this then look away now.
When your child reaches the age of 10 you will no longer be eligible for income support and will be ported over to Job Seekers Allowance, which is a much tougher benefit that requires regular testingÂ for eligibility. The idea seems great but the timing a little tricky seeing as unemployment is still rising.
She believes that part time work can help lift many single parents out of poverty by switching from benefits to part time work. This statement is clearly a sign that she has no grasp of the desperation faced by many single parents as they try to juggle the family and the money but as cruel as the idea may seem it will at least give hope of a return to family values in our country which have been sadly missing for some time.
The benefit culture has been there to accommodate a lifestyle of single independence for single parents, however there is still dependence on the the state and the tax payer in turn.
Many may think the Job Centre Plus offices across the land should have DJs and bars selling cheep lager. Because the same faces that lurk around seedy night clubs (usually called the Roxy) will be in the Job Centre wearing their jogging pants, Nike Trainers, IPhones and wispy facial hair trying to sell dodgy weed to their dodgy friends. At least then the money made would go back to the government.
Well that is the image most people have of Job Centres, and I am sure it is the case in some areas but there are the middle classed divorcees now entering the chain and they are as useless as their chavtastic counterparts. One shops in Debenhams the other in Boots yet they walk out with the same perfume and sometimes they pay for it.
The Yummy Mummy who's husband just ran off with the secretary may find there is no system for them to fall back on and they should have gone back to college to do that course in business studies just in case a day like this every arose. Maybe the weekly ritual of sex on a Sunday wasn't enough for Helen to stop Peter the aggressive go getter entrepreneur from breaking his marital vows.
Now Helen finds herself alone with her ticket waiting for her number to be called for her to shuffleÂ into a small cubicle like a lab rat to find out if she qualifies for Job seekers allowance.
Amongst the heroin addicts,Â destitute and fellow middle class divorcees it dawns on her that she must work in the local McDonalds in vain hope that some rich business man will ask for her number and take her away from her unfortunate set of circumstances and look past the damage the sunbeds have done to her since she was 29.
And young Timmy must have his own key cut so he can let himself in from school whilst mummy is in work.
Yvette, there are fundamental problems with our society, but the family unit breakdown is one of the main problems and married couples should receive tax incentives and one parent should work and one stay at home.Â Yes the single parent culture relying on the state must end but is this the route to take? Give the single parent an incentive to get married. If a working man or woman marries an unemployed father or mother with young children then he should pay very little tax and even get rewarded for it via tax credits.