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 4 November 2019
Drawing on a review of the existing evidence as well as new quantitative and qualitative research, this report summarises what is known about in-work progression for single parents in London. The report outlines why in-work progression is a pertinent issue for single parents in the capital and explores their attitudes, aspirations, experiences and outcomes in relation to progression. Further, it examines what can be done in terms of workplace and policy interventions to improve single parents’ outcomes in this area.
In-work progression is a key way for single parents to escape a cycle of low pay and financial insecurity. However, this report highlights five interconnected barriers that are preventing single parents from progressing in their jobs:
With the roll-out of universal credit (UC) and its associated aim for recipients to increase their pay, in-work progression is set to become increasingly important for many single parents in London. However the five interconnected barriers to progression show that progressing in work is particularly challenging for single parents.
This report highlights a range of solutions needed that require action and collaboration nationally and in London in order to remove or reduce the barriers to in-work progression facing single parents.
We urge the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to be cautious in the development of in-work progression requirements for single parents, developing a better evidence base of what works and moving away from a punitive approach including sanctions.
Gingerbread is calling on the government to introduce structural changes, including a day one right to flexible working, additional support for childcare -including a childcare deposit scheme an urgent review of the childcare cap and the operation of the 30 hour offer – and targeted career support for single parents when their youngest child begins primary or secondary school. In London, we would like Jobcentre Plus Regional Managers to invest and better co-ordinate existing tailored programmes for single parents, and for the Greater London Authority Good Work Standard, Better Work Initiative, and the London Progression Collaboration to all include single parents as a target group.