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Job-hunting parents win cash help

PUBLISHED: 12:22 18 February 2010 | UPDATED: 09:32 12 August 2010

LONE parents will get compulsory training and work experience while their children are at nursery school, in a bid get them off benefits.

LONE parents will get compulsory training and work experience while their children are at nursery school, in a bid get them off benefits.

The government initiative announced on Monday means parents will be able to keep £50 of their wages before losing any benefit if they get jobs for less than 16 hours a week.

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Yvette Cooper said that parents of children aged three to six in south London, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire and Tees Valley will be the first to get this extra help through the new Progression to Work Pathfinders scheme.

There will be an obligation on lone parents to take up help, but only during hours when children are at school or nursery school.

Ms Cooper said: "Helping parents into jobs so they can support their families is the best way to lift children out of poverty. We know that around 80 per cent of lone parents are already working or would like to work.

"We want to help them do that in a way that supports their family life.

"We are giving parents more support to get ready to go back to work while their children are at nursery school, but in return we do expect people to take up this extra help.

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