News and views

Read the latest news and views on Gingerbread’s work and the issues affecting single parent families today.

Help for households and cost of living payments

Posted 13 November 2023

Millions of households will receive further support from the government to ease financial pressures during 2023/2024. This follows the two Cost of Living Payments totaling up to £650 in 2022.   The first 2023 payment of...

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Early education and childcare coalition launch today

Posted 7 September 2023

Gingerbread are proud to be a founding member of the Early Education and Childcare Coalition . The coalition officially launches today, and brings together parents, charities and businesses. Together, they’re calling for a renewed focus...

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Gingerbread joins legal action on CMS

Posted 15 August 2023

We’re pleased to announce that Gingerbread has received permission from the courts to “intervene” in a legal case to challenge the persistent failure of the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) to take “proper or effective steps”...

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Tips for planning the summer holidays

Posted 19 July 2023

The weather is finally warming up (despite a few rainy days) which means the summer holidays are fast approaching. We know that the six weeks holidays can seem daunting for single parents, so we have...

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Separated parents and blended families blog

Posted 15 May 2023

To celebrate International Day of Families, Kate Daly, co-founder of our charity partner amicable, has produced a blog on changing family dynamics. For most, we can’t control the shape or makeup of our family, particularly after...

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Gingerbread’s full response to 2023 Spring Budget

Posted 22 March 2023

Whilst Gingerbread welcomes the Universal Credit childcare component increase and upfront payment, there are serious issues with the conditionality components of last week’s Budget that leave us concerned about the way single parents will be...

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Gingerbread’s snap response to 2023 Spring Budget

Posted 15 March 2023

Gingerbread welcomes the expansion of free childcare provision and changes to Universal Credit childcare payments in today’s Budget. These changes will support single parents with young children in returning to, and maintaining, employment. However we...

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Campaign win on childcare

Posted 12 March 2023

After years of campaigning by Gingerbread, other organisations including Citizen’s Advice and Save the Children, alongside campaigning parents, the Government is making substantial and very welcome changes to the way parents on Universal Credit (UC)...

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Back to school

Posted 25 August 2023

We know that the summer holidays can be a challenging time for single parents but as August draws to a close, we also know that while September and going back to school will be a...

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