Government attempts to get single parents into work are having little or no
impact, according to research from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).
Single parents are obliged to attend ‘mandatory work-focused interviews’
before receiving benefits, and the Government had hoped that claimants would be
more likely to find work if made aware of the financial benefits.
But a report into the scheme’s progress shows that four years on, it has had
no impact on the number of new claimants giving up benefits.
Only 1 per cent more (15 per cent) of those already claiming benefits have
gone into work since the interviews became compulsory in 1999.