Lone parents getting back to work

More
single parents and disabled people are finding work.

Figures
released in the Government report, Opportunity For All, show employment among
lone parents, disabled people and those from deprived areas has risen by more
than the overall employment rate.

Andrew
Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, said the report shows that
solid progress is being made in the fight against poverty.

This
year, more than 1.5 million more people are in work than in 1997. Lone parent
employment is up from 45.6 per cent in 1997 to 53.6 per cent this year, the
report showed.

Disabled
people employment has increased from 43.5 per cent in 1998 to 48 per cent this
year. Employment in deprived areas has increased from 62.1 per cent in 2000 to
63.7 per cent in 2002.

By Quentin Reade

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