Letter: Whose benefit?
Monday 15 February 1999
Of course single mothers should be helped with state-provided, quality child-care if they want to work. But why not encourage them with extra child allowance to do a good job if they want to stay at home with their children?
Why also the drive to force people to work who do not have the capability to use the help on offer to find work? Their self-esteem is going to be further undermined by the pressures proposed.
Some 1.3 million unemployed and 2.8 million on disability allowance; these are the casualties of an uncaring, materialistic, "something-for- nothing" society. Ask not how to force them to work for society; ask why society is not working for them.
RUTH L BARNETT
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