The Government is taking aim at 43,000 solo parents who it says should go back to work.
Prime Minister John Key and Social Development Minister Paula Bennett have this afternoon unveiled a major package of welfare reforms.
Ms Bennett said that for some beneficiaries "the dream is over".
There were 43,000 single parents on the domestic purposes benefit whose children were of a school age and who were ready to transition back to work.
"We expect those people to be at work for at least 15 hours a week," Ms Bennett said.
Polish the shoes and buy a new tie Phil. You're off to work.