Since 1918, we’ve campaigned to build a society in which the UK’s two million single parents are valued and treated equally. We’ve supported single parents to use their voice and have a say in the issues that affect their lives. We’ve influenced government policy and public attitudes to make real change for single parent families.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years. We couldn’t achieve positive change without your help.

Here are some of the big campaign wins we’ve achieved in recent years.

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Government announces closure of a loophole in the Child Maintenance Service (CMS)

2017

A small number of non-resident parents are avoiding payments by having a joint bank with a new partner. New rules, brought in within a few months, will enable the government to take owed child maintenance from joint bank accounts – this could mean an extra £390,000 will be collected.

We’ve been campaigning to close loopholes in the CMS that allow paying parents to avoid paying accurate and timely child maintenance. We know this announcement only scratches the surface, but it’s a welcome step forward.

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Single parent families to pay less for family holidays

2017

Our ‘We are the 1 in 4’ campaign calls for fairer family ticket prices for one-parent families. We were thrilled when Virgin Holidays announced they were introducing tailored single parent family prices for their holidays in the Caribbean. This is a fantastic example of what the campaign is calling for – a recognition that families come in all shapes and sizes, and that family ticket prices should reflect this.

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London Mayor provides more support for childcare

2017

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is introducing a new childcare deposit scheme across all organisations in the Greater London Authority (GLA) including Transport for London and the Metropolitan Police. The announcement was a direct result of our Upfront: a childcare deposit guarantee campaign  supporting parents to pay for the upfront costs of childcare and helping them to (re)enter employment. We continue to work with the London General Assembly to support their plans.

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I think all single parents should be aware we have voice...if we don't campaign for single parents no one else will.

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All Mayoral candidates commit to improving London’s childcare

2016

We called on the next Mayor of London to better support parents to pay for the upfront costs of childcare, helping them get back into work. We secured meetings with the top five mayoral candidates to discuss how they could commit to Upfront: a childcare deposit guarantee. All candidates committed to the campaign – they recognised how this could help parents get back to work, offer more accessible childcare, and meet the needs of London’s 320,000 single parents. Single parents shared their own experiences of juggling work and childcare in a series of campaign blogs.

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The more an issue is talked about, the more strength it gathers.

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Tax credit cuts scrapped

2015

The government proposed cuts to working tax credits to take place in April 2016. This would have had a devastating impact on the lives of many single parent families. We campaigned alongside single parents to speak out against the proposed cuts. Parents wrote campaign blogs, were active on social media and attended meetings in parliament to discuss the importance of tax credits – allowing them to make ends meet.

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I was involved in the tax credit campaign and it made a real difference not just to my family but millions of others.

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Money Matters

2015

The End Child Poverty coalition launched its Money Matters campaign in response to the government’s plans to remove income as a measure of child poverty. We called on the government to maintain income-related measures of child poverty – although poverty is a complex issue, we know that income matters to children’s lives. Thanks to the efforts of thousands of online campaigners, we successfully lobbied the government and secured a commitment to publish details of household income. As a result, the government is still accountable and can be continue to be challenged on child poverty.

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All change takes time so it helps to remember that all actions, however small, have an impact over time.

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Cuts to child maintenance charges

2013

We lobbied the government to drop all charges introduced for parents accessing their Child Maintenance Service (CMS). We secured a reduction in the upfront fee single parents have to pay to access the service from £100 to £20. We also succeeded in cutting collection charges for single parents from seven per cent of their maintenance payments to four per cent. This reduced the financial burden for thousands of single parent families across the country. Gingerbread continues to campaign for a fairer CMS for single parent families.

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To me, campaigning provides an opportunity to address social injustice and ensure better outcomes for future generations.

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