Celebrating 100 years

Championing the voices and needs of single parent families since 1918


Sanctions pushing single parents away from employment

Unfair benefit sanctions can make single parents less likely to find employment and take a severe toll on parents and their children.

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Unhelpful and unfair? Our new report on benefit sanctions

Single parents want to work yet Gingerbread’s new research shows that sanctions can make it less likely for parents to achieve that goal.

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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.

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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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Fundraise for Gingerbread

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

Help us be there for another 100 years by joining #Raise100 today! Simply raise £100 hosting your own event, created by you. Fundraising your way.

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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