Monday 16 December 2019

Lone parent pay reform improves access to supports

There have been calls to introduce a tax credit to cover childcare
There have been calls to introduce a tax credit to cover childcare

Some 5,140 lone parents have been transferred to a Jobseeker's Allowance payment by the Department of Social Protection from July.

Should any of them have a child under 14 years of age, they will be entitled to a transitional arrangement, which exempts them from having to be genuinely seeking, and available for, full-time employment.

This follows changes to the one-parent family payment (OFP) scheme, which supports 76,249 people. The reforms to the OFP scheme are reducing, on a phased basis, the point at which the payment ends, based on the age of the youngest child in the family.

The rationale for these reforms is to provide lone parents with improved access to supports, which are designed to improve an individual's prospects of securing employment, said the Department.

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