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US welfare-to-work scheme threat 'demoralising'

US welfare-to-work scheme threat 'demoralising'

It is "demoralising" that a US welfare-to-work scheme that has helped employ some 240,000 otherwise jobless individuals may be set to come to an end.

As reported by the Huffington Post, the country's Senate has voted against the reauthorisation of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tanf) scheme on numerous occasions this year.

The Emergency Fund was created as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and has provided around $5 billion (£3.15 billion) to states for basic assistance for low-income families, short-term benefits and subsidised employment. It is to come to an end tomorrow (September 30th) if not reauthorised.

Speaking to the publication, co-director of the San Francisco Living Wage Coalition - a project that has employed six mothers to perform community outreach work - Karl Kramer commented it will be a shame if the workers have to be let go.

"I can honestly say they're dependable, committed, motivated in providing valuable services to the community. I haven't been getting a lot of sleep lately. It's really demoralising," he said.

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