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Government reforms fail to boost single parent employment

Children from single parent families are growing up in poverty as successive governments fail to make work pay and tackle single parent unemployment, reports Gingerbread. The charity has launched a three-year campaign calling on the government to take action to help single parents escape unemployment and working poverty.

Around 1.16 million children in the UK are growing up in single parent families where no-one at home works and, for those who do work, a job is still not a guaranteed route out of financial hardship: more than 300,000 children in working single parent families are growing up below the poverty line.

Research from Gingerbread has revealed the biggest barriers to work for single parents as: childcare costs (for 31% of single parents) and a shortage of jobs that were flexible (29%) and that paid enough to make work worthwhile (20%).

Gingerbread is calling on the government and businesses to:

  • Make work a guaranteed route out of poverty for single parents.
  • Get 250,000 more single parents into work by 2020.
  • Employ a different attitude to work and school hours.
  • Unlock single parents’ skills and potential.

 

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