Since the introduction of the domestic purposes benefit (DPB) in 1973, successive governments have attempted to move sole parents off this benefit and into paid work. In the early 1990s a pilot programme called Compass was set up to help people on the DPB enter employment. It tried to provide individualised programmes directed at getting sole parents, like this Porirua mother, into jobs. There was a strong focus on access to childcare, budgeting, training, education and self-esteem.
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Reference: Margaret McClure, A civilised community: a history of social security in New Zealand 1898-1998, Auckland: Auckland University Press and Historical Branch, 1998, p. 253.
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