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Higher child support doesn’t lead to welfare dependency for single mums

Hayley Fisher’s research shows that child support reduces poverty among single mothers in Australia and does not discourage employment or reduce the number of hours worked

A popular concern is that higher levels of child support could enable long-term welfare dependence. Single mothers may rely on child support and parenting payments and then transition to other income support payments as their children grow up.

However I found that more child support can increase employment for single mothers, this means that higher levels of child support could in fact reduce long-term welfare dependency for this high-risk group.

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