Led by single mothers, coordinated by National Council of Single Mothers & their Children Inc. The project will capture the lived experience of single mothers and empower them to drive the policy change. Structured to interact with announced platforms such as the Women’s Summit and the Women’s Taskforce. Moreover, it gives shape and direction leading into the next federal election. Presenting the needs and the remedies to advance financial fairness and financial safety. A purpose-built online platform will:
Restore access to the Single Parenting Payment for families with a child or children under 16 years. Currently poor women are thrown onto Jobseeker when their youngest child is 8 years and characterised as not having a job. Raising children is a full-time and critical job. Moreover, we can no longer support a system that forces women to return to the place of abuse and to the hands of the abuser because of our income support system. Again, the best that we offer women is the unemployment benefit if their youngest child is 8 years old. All payments that single parent families access need to be lifted, by at least 20%, a down payment in respect.
An injection of resources when your constant companion is hardship was and can be profound.
We know it, we saw it, and had have a front row seat, when women received the coronavirus supplement. Pictures started to flood social media of full shopping trolleys, children's clothes, blankets, the car back on the road. Pride and work readiness merged, and women had a chance to get glasses, to get a haircut, to respond to their health needs, to take a big step and to start planning for their future. This included enrolling in courses, buying suitable work clothing, getting access to the internet. Their future was back in their hands demonstrating clearly that willingness was not the issue as much as the lack of capacity.
Pride and hope entered single mother households and it stayed for six-months. An unnecessary cruelty was to remove it.
As an advisory panel of Poverty and Inequality a collaboration between ACOSS and NSW Uni, we can confirm that sole parent families have the highest poverty rates. Children in sole parent families have a poverty rate of 44%, are more than three time as likely to live in poverty as children in couple families, who have a poverty rate of 13% . The Children and Families in Financial Stress and Poverty research conducted by Social Ventures and launched on Tuesday 27th April 2021. In 2015, around 1 in 3 single parent families (30 per cent) with dependent children under 5 years were in severe financial stress . Providing that whichever lens is used the picture of single mother families is bleak.
Furthermore, the pandemic will have a long tail for single mother families. In a snapshot, single parents’ paid hours fell more than 30% in the depths of the crisis in April 2020 and in December 2020, paid hours for single parents remained 10% lower than they had been a year earlier. The COVID-19 pandemic increased family and domestic violence, which will have long and linger affects. This campaign speaks to an identified gap in Australia`s recovery plan as well as the inequality that was experienced before the pandemic and now.
Financial fairness and financial safety were missing before the the 2021 Federal Budget and is still missing now.
When we invest in women and girls, we are investing in the people who invest in everyone else.
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