Our welfare system is failing sole parents. National is changing that.  In 2008, welfare resources were geared towards helping people on Unemployment Benefits find work while ignoring those on DPB.

This meant that a small number of beneficiaries received the majority of the support funding.

We are changing the  DPB so parents will be expected to be available for part time work when their youngest is five and be in full time work when their youngest is 14.
When you consider that 50% of New Zealand sole parents and 69% of partnered women are already working, this is a reasonable assumption.  The new system will not punish people. If someone can’t find a job their benefit will not be cut.

Re-aligning support and helping mothers back into work is one of the first parts of our welfare changes for a brighter future.