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The potential of child support to reduce lone mother poverty: comparing population survey data in Australia and the UK

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This paper assesses the contribution that child support makes to Australian lone mothers' income packages and the proportion lifted out of poverty as a result. Using the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) dataset, we compare the results to a study conducted in the UK. Child support payments were more likely to be received in Australia and, when received, payments reduced lone mothers' poverty rate by 21 per cent, a greater extent than in the UK. These findings provide important insights for Australia and the UK where debates continue about the configuration of the system and enforcement mechanisms.
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Keywords: AUSTRALIA; CHILD SUPPORT; HILDA; LONE MOTHERS; POVERTY; UK

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Email: [email protected] 2: Email: [email protected] 3: Email: [email protected]

Publication date: 01 February 2017

This article was made available online on 08 February 2017 as a Fast Track article with title: "The potential of child support to reduce lone mother poverty: comparing population survey data in Australia and the UK".

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