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J. K Rowling, the author

Posted by: Mischa
April 15, 2002, 05:18 PM

J. K Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter best-sellers, has attacked the Government in the run-up to the Budget for its treatment of single parents. J K Rowling, the multi-millionairess and former single mother, whose support has been courted by Labour strategists, said ministers had left the poorest lone parents deeper in debt. She called for reform of the Social Fund, an emergency loans scheme helping the poor with basic items such as beds, cookers and cots...

... Miss Rowling, 36, said loans should be replaced with a programme of Child Development Grants focused on providing essentials for a decent home. She also wanted Opportunity Grants to help parents move from welfare to work by assisting with work-related costs such as upfront child care bills and work clothes. (Many thanks to IHP)

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