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Welfare Reform on the Web (February 2005): Social Security - UK - New Deal

SOCIAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL EXCLUSION: THE VALUE OF COMMUNITY INTERVENTIONS FOR LONE MOTHERS

M. Meadows and D. Grant

Community, Work and Family, vol.8, 2005, p.5-21

The New Deal for Lone Parents aims to help participants to re-enter the labour market with the long term aim of weaning them off social security benefits. Alongside this scheme there exists a host of community interventions which can help to raise lone mothers' self-esteem and self-confidence. Study examined the experiences of lone mothers who participate in such schemes and contrasts this with the experience of those who do not. Results suggest that such community based schemes can help some lone mothers move towards a position of job readiness.

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