Tax breaks, company incentives could help improve lot of single parents

There are an increasing number of single parent households in the EU and they are almost three times more likely to be at risk of poverty and social exclusion than couples with children. A report by Italian EPP member Barbara Matera suggests tax breaks and incentives for companies could help.

The own-initiative report, which will be discussed Monday evening and voted on Tuesday, suggests “tax breaks and incentives to companies that provide training and on-site day care and nursery facilities,” and the provision of education, training and housing support.

According to data from 2006, 32% of single-parent households in 25 EU countries were at risk of poverty compared to 12% of couples with children.

In the report, Matera says that 5% of women in the EU are single mothers, but she also wants any initiatives to be extended to single fathers.   

Sursa: Parlamentul European

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