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Desperately seeking security: UK family policy, lone mothers and paid work

Jane Millar
Family Matters No. 87, 2011

This article draws on longitudinal qualitative research to examine the labour market experiences of lone mothers over a period of four to five years. These lone mothers are very much the "hard-working families" that the British welfare state is being reformed and reshaped to support. The work-as-welfare agenda?making people better off, promoting choice and independence?offers the promise of a better quality of life through engagement in the working world. These women made the commitment to work with exactly those goals in mind?to create better lives for themselves and their families.

Families then and now: 1980-2010

Alan Hayes, Ruth Weston, Lixia Qu and Matthew Gray
Research summaries— October 2010

The focus of this Facts Sheet is on broad family trends. It was prepared to celebrate the 30th anniversary of research by AIFS.

Families then and now: 1980-2010

Child support and Welfare to Work reforms: The economic consequences for single-parent families

Tracey Summerfield, Lisa Young, Jade Harman and Paul Flatau
Family Matters No. 84, 2010

The 2006–08 reforms of Australia’s social security and child support schemes saw significant changes to the income support eligibility requirements for single resident parents (mostly women) as well as to the calculation of child support. This paper models and examines the combined economic effect of the reforms on the assessed rates of child support, and on the disposable income and effective marginal tax rates of single parents.

Opinion: Sole-parent families

Family Matters No. 82, 2009

Sole-parent families are on the increase in Australia, and will continue to be a significant minority of family types. As such, it appears timely to ask what we know about sole-parent families and whether policy and practice responses to their needs are based on contemporary evidence. This article explores themes within the literature on sole-parent families and considers the extent to which sole parenting itself, or associated factors, impact on outcomes for children.

The use of family-friendly work arrangements by lone and couple mothers

Jody Hughes and Matthew Gray
Family Matters No. 71, 2005

Access to a range of flexible work arrangements is important in assisting employed mothers to balance their family and work responsibilities. While there has been a substantial amount of research on the use of family friendly work arrangements by Australian mothers, little is known about the use of these work arrangements by lone mothers and how this differs from that of couple mothers. This article addresses the question of whether lone and couple mothers differ in their use of, and unmet need for, family friendly work arrangements.