The government seems set on taking us back to an era when single mothers were penalised most. What next? The poorhouse?
Nichola Edwards, a 25-year-old mother of two young children, is living temporarily in a hostel that offers refuge to desperate cases such as hers. Banned from all social housing as a single mother, she faces a bleak choice: move back in with her mother, who is too ill with renal failure to take her in, or go to the homeless hostel. This, at least, is the choice that Nichola would have faced in 1949. She is one of five applicants for social housing taking part in a reality-TV time-travel experiment to be broadcast on Monday. More here