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Food as a discretionary item: the impact of welfare payment changes on low-income single mother's food choices and strategies

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posted on 2017-02-01, 00:00 authored by Hayley MckenzieHayley Mckenzie, Fiona McKayFiona McKay
Recent changes to Australia's welfare system have affected low-income single parent families, with many moved on to an employment seeker's payment (a reduced payment) when the policy change made them ineligible for a family payment. To explore the impacts of this policy change, in-depth interviews were conducted with 23 low-income single mothers across Australia. This paper focuses on the health and wellbeing impacts of the decreased payment on food choices and behaviours. This study suggests that food had become an expense that could be tightly managed, limited, or foregone for these families.

History

Journal

Journal of poverty and social justice

Volume

25

Issue

1

Pagination

35 - 48

Publisher

Ingenta

Location

[Oxford, Eng.]

ISSN

1759-8273

eISSN

1759-8281

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2017, Ingenta