Benefits and other resources are crucial to enable young people to escape violence and refuse prostitution. But Labour's back-to-work programme continues the Tory policies that force young people and single mothers on to the streets. Ministers will not discuss funding safe houses or reinstating benefits to under-18s. They have cut the One Parent Benefit and Premium on which many single mothers depend. They have appointed 2,000 Inland Revenue officers to target prostitutes for taxes - another fine on penalised workers. The giving age has nothing to give children and single mothers - except rent-free accommodation in Jack Straw's secure units.
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