There are 2 million single parents in the UK, raising 3 million children. More than half (59 per cent) are in work, and most of the rest tell us they want to be.
But barriers like unaffordable and unavailable childcare, needle-in-a-haystack flexible jobs and a lack of proper support and training opportunities are standing in the way of single parents getting, keeping and progressing in jobs that match their skills and meet their families’ needs.
It’s clear something isn’t working here.
We believe everybody has the right to a decent job that lets them provide for their family. That’s why we’re campaigning to get the government and employers to take a set of realistic actions that would make it work for single parents.
The Make it work task list:
- 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
Does that sound fair to you? If so, join our make it workforce today and add your voice to our call for changes that will bring huge benefits to families everywhere.
For more information, read our latest campaign news and find out in more detail what we think the problems, and the solutions are.