Celebrating 100 years

Championing the voices and needs of single parent families since 1918


Legal scales

Benefit cap court judgment

The Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the government concluding that the benefit cap is not discriminating against single parents with children aged under two.

Read our response

'One in four' new writer competition winner!

Single mum Jemma Wallace will take away her prize – a £10,000 advance and publishing contract with Trapeze Books as well as mentoring by author Tilly Bagshawe.

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New report on single parents today

To mark our centenary, we've published a report that single parents today, to see how life has changed for the one in four families headed by a single parent in the UK.

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Splitting up

Support for your child

However your child responds to family changes, support is out there.

Support for you

How you can look after yourself after separation.


Benefit calculators

Find out what benefits you’re entitled to.

Child maintenance

How to arrange child maintenance and get the right calculation.

Universal credit

What the new benefit system means for you.


Starting work

Tips and support for getting into employment

Changing your hours, job or pay

How you and your family might be affected by changes at work.

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We've supported single parents for 100 years. Help us continue.

Please consider donating to Gingerbread and help us support the UK's 1.7 million single parents.

Speak to other single parents

Become a member

Membership is free brings lots of great benefits, including a monthly newsletter, offers and discounts, and opportunities to meet new people – all tailored to single mums and dads.

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Chat on our forum

Our forum is a safe and supportive online space just for our single parent members. Speak to people who understand or browse for tips to overcome common challenges.

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Join a group

We have Gingerbread groups around the country, where you can meet other single parents for support, friendship and local activities.

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