Can you help shape Gingerbread’s emotional and mental health support?
28th Nov 2023
Posted 26 September 2022
Gingerbread are currently in Liverpool to attend the 2022 Labour Party Conference and encourage our political leaders to recognise the challenges that single parent families face and to prioritise the support they need.
We were thrilled to be invited to Mumsnet’s event ‘How can we solve the childcare crisis?’
The event was chaired by Mumsnet CEO & Founder Justine Roberts and speakers included Gingerbread CEO Victoria Benson, Executive Director at Save the Children Kirsty McNeill, Julia McColl from Chetwood Financial, and Shadow Minister for Children and Early Years Helen Hayes MP.
What do Gingerbread want to see happen to solve the childcare crisis for single parents?
This is a crisis that can – and should – be mitigated for the families that rely on childcare to get by. Single parents are particularly reliant on childcare to be able to work, study and undertake training.
Whilst single parents and coupled parents face some similar challenges in combining work and caring, these can be more acute for single parents as they juggle working and caring on their own and need to meet childcare costs from just one source of income.
They are unable to share the childcare responsibilities with their partner and are more likely to rely on formal childcare than couple parents.
We would like to see our political decision-makers commit to do more to support single parents and their children, namely:
The words of Sarah, a single parent we spoke to about their experiences with the childcare system, show why we think the childcare crisis must be solved for single parent families:
“Unless I pay, I have no one I can leave my son with. And even then, it’s not guaranteed. I find it all to be so restrictive because I don’t have family near me. It’s just me.”