Over 40s Single Females Prioritised

Single people do not qualify for many benefits. Especially childless or middle aged ones in full time employment. Without a minimum income it is difficult to afford housing, heat and food and live a decent life. There are many people on their own especially females 40/50/60 somethings who work a full week for low income who can hardly make ends meet, never mind enjoy a decent standard of living. These ladies should be prioritised to ensure a minimum income is given to them to help enjoy their lives and enable them to live a worry free existence from wondering how to afford to live. Through their employers a special tax code could be set up to ensure the minimum income is given to them.

Why the contribution is important

It is important not to forget this category of people. Often they have brought up families and had to sacrifice education or employment to do so. Or have spent a lifetime ill with women’s problems which may have hindered success in the workplace and ability to have children. They have had the least advantages in their lifetimes simply just sometimes because of their sex. And are the least likely to be on a good wage. Too often benefits or extra income go to couples on low income with families in the form of tax credits or childcare. Single females do not have an ability to receive extra benefits for anything it seems. Single middle aged females are the category I would think most need an minimum income. They are too often ignored. Too many times the Government is keen to deliver extra money and benefits to couples/singles with children. As if this is the only category that counts. These females are just thrown away by society as useless/invisible and are the most likely to be alone and struggling.

by Ali1314 on August 17, 2021 at 06:55PM

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  • Posted by mooch August 18, 2021 at 11:47

    Totally agree with this. It's just so hard for single women over 40 to get new employment aswell and the stress of being unemployed is unbearable, especially with sanctions and limitations of Universal Credit. e.g savings that you worked a lifetime for now going against you.
  • Posted by Dober67 August 21, 2021 at 13:30

    While I agree with the other comments, to me it would be unfair to single out one specific group. I fully agree with the fact that women unfortunately have a lot more “wrong “ with them, but, while I agree that they are sometimes penalised because of having to either take time off, or just unable to work, they are not the only ones. Yes, I fully and completely agree that UC, is one of the worst benefits ever being used, in the way of all the sanctions over tiny things, some disabled people can’t even get this and the “benefits “ you get, free dental treatment or free glasses, a lot of disabled people have to pay for these as well as other unavoidable items. This new “benefit “ for the want of a word, has to be fair for everyone, from a single person, couple, families or disabled, and it needs to be fairly easy to apply for. Yes, throughout the centuries, women have always been a “lesser” person, but hopefully this MIGx will eradicate this and make everyone equal in all matters.
  • Posted by sb87 August 24, 2021 at 22:41

    As a woman I think it's important that if we want to change how woman are perceived and respected in work environment we stop to be singled out as a category based on genre. As such I disagree that based on age and genre a category should be prioritised. This should be based on individual facts. Using age is effectively ageism and genre sexism.
  • Posted by EMayo September 06, 2021 at 09:50

    'Prioritised' is an unhelpful word here. 'Included would be better'. This is a forgotten group. I wholeheartedly agree with supporting couples and families but this does not mean that single people (men and women) should be disregarded. For the lowest paid workers, travel to work (bus fares) / housing costs and council tax alone can take half of take home pay. For single people this is also half of the total household income leaving little left for food, clothes, other essentials. However, middle aged women are often in low paid part time work which cannot sustain adequate living standards. Older women in particlular are affected because they are more likely to have unrecognised and unpaid caring responsbilities (for both adult children and aging parents) as well as a job. For those on the lowest incomes working means going without basic necessities because you are not entitled to any support.
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