Fewer single parent families live on welfare benefits: report

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Government efforts to reduce the number of single parent families living on welfare benefits seem to be paying off, local authority social services umbrella group Divosa said on Monday.

Since 2015, the number of single parent families which rely on bijstand has gone down by 15,000 to 72,500, Divosa said.

The agency says the drop is due to the government’s decision to reduce the number of grants available to single parent families and replace them with financial incentives to find work – particularly part time.

For example, 73% of local authorities now allow single parents with a part-time job to keep more of their money before their benefits are cut, so their income is above welfare levels, Divosa said.

The number of single people and couples living on welfare benefits has gone up during the same period, Divosa said.

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