§ 20. Mr. Cousins
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what action she is taking to allow single parents to carry out employment and training.
§ Mr. McLoughlin
We offer single parents help to join employment training through special eligibility conditions 173W and the chance to train on a part-time basis. In addition, all single parents who have been out of work for six months or more are eligible to join a job club. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Security is also making changes to the benefit system which will make it easier for single parents to go to work when they are ready to do so.