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Welfare Reform on the Web (March 2009): Social security - UK - New Deal

Relationships of care: working lone mothers, their children and employment sustainability

J. Millar and T. Ridge

Journal of Social Policy, vol. 38, 2009, p. 103-121

The intention of current UK government policy is that employment should become the norm for lone mothers, with state benefits providing temporary support for short time periods. When a lone mother starts work, her daily life changes in various ways, as do the lives of her children and other family members who may become involved in childcare or other forms of help. This article starts from the assumption that sustaining work over time is a project that actively involves the family as a whole and not just the individual lone mother. It explores how social relationships, inside and outside the family, are central to sustaining employment.

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