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 listens to parents’ child maintenance concerns
The government has announced new ways to limit child maintenance avoidance and tackle non-payment – directly responding to the concerns of single parents and our Maintenance Matters campaign. Changes include:
- Ways to tackle child maintenance avoidance including increasing the ways to challenge a calculation by reintroducing the ‘assets variation’, making it easier and quicker to include unearned income data held by HMRC in a calculation and more resource for the Financial Investigation Unit
- New powers to tackle unpaid child maintenance including collecting maintenance from joint and business accounts
These announcements are a welcome step forward in our campaign for a fairer Child Maintenance Service.
Domestic violence training for Child Maintenance Service (CMS) staff
Frontline staff working for the CMS including Child Maintenance (CM) options will now receive mandatory domestic violence training. Gingerbread, alongside MPs and other charities, has campaigned for steps to be taken to ensure staff communicate sensitively and respond appropriately to survivors of domestic violence. As a result, the government has piloted a new training scheme, which is set to roll out nationally in 2018. This is a fantastic step forward for our Maintenance Matters – achieving real change towards a fairer CMS.Join our campaigns
Single parent families to pay less for family holidays
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.Join our campaigns
Government announces closure of a loophole in the Child Maintenance Service (CMS)
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.Join our campaigns
London Mayor provides more support for childcare
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.Join our campaigns
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All Mayoral candidates commit to improving London’s childcare
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.Join our campaigns
The more an issue is talked about, the more strength it gathers.Single parent
Tax credit cuts scrapped
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.Join our campaigns
I was involved in the tax credit campaign and it made a real difference not just to my family but millions of others.Single parent
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.Join our campaigns
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Cuts to child maintenance charges
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.Join the campaigns
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