Posted 8 February 2021
New research report ‘The single parent debt trap’ published by Gingerbread and StepChange, the UK’s leading debt charity, reveals that single parents are more likely to be living with problem debt. The research also shows...
Published on 30 March 2016
Childcare costs lock many single parents out of work – including up-front costs such as childcare deposits needed to hold a nursery place. This briefing outlines a proposal to support parents moving into work or increasing their hours, who need to arrange childcare ahead of their first pay cheque.
The guarantee would mean that government support (either local or central) can pay the up-front costs of a deposit directly to a provider, with the money returned once the child left. This would be an important step forward to addressing a major gap in support for childcare costs and help reduce the barriers to work for single parents.