In 2013-14, a staggering 3.7 million children were living in poverty in the UK. With the rising cost of living, an ongoing housing crisis and cuts in government support, child poverty is only set to get worse.

Gingerbread has joined forces with over 100 charities as a member of the End Child Poverty coalition. Together, we campaign to end child poverty in the UK.

Find out more about the End Child Poverty coalition.

Why ‘End Child Poverty’ matters

Children in single parent families are twice as likely to live in relative poverty than those in coupled families. The reasons behind this are complex.

  • Less than half (38 per cent) of single parents receive child maintenance
  • The lack of jobs that offer flexible working can mean single parents get stuck in part-time employment which is often low-paid and insecure work
  • Safety net benefits provide less than 60 per cent of the minimum income needed for a decent standard of living for a single parent with one child
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What we’re campaigning for

Across the country, it’s getting even tougher for low-income families to make ends meet. Cuts to welfare support and rising prices leave them struggling to provide healthy meals and a warm home for their children.

Without savings or access to affordable credit, these families are forced to pay more for day-to-day essentials. Many have no choice but to turn to high cost rent-to-own companies if their fridge or washing machine breaks, but this could mean they end up paying up to three times more.

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Take action to end child poverty

Low-income families shouldn’t be forced to pay more for household essentials. We’re calling on the government to provide support for families in financial crisis and protect low-income families forced to access rent-to-own companies.

There are two main ways you can help:

Highlight the hardships facing single parents, and try to create a fairer society for our children and us

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