What do these sanctions mean for sole mothers and their children?


For some people $22-$28 a week (or $1,144 – $1,456 a year) per child might not seem much, however the majority of sole parent families receiving benefits face severe hardship, and these sanctions only serve to increase the severity.

For a sole mother, $22-$28 per week is the difference between taking her child to the doctor when they are sick, or hoping it just goes away.

It is the difference between providing school lunches, or the kids going to school empty handed.