This report profiles single parents today, to see how life has changed for the one in four families headed by a single parent in the UK.
While huge progress has been made over the past 100 years to improve the lives of single parent families, from the abolition of the workhouse in 1930 to the repeal of the Bastardy Acts in 1987, the report finds that many single parents are still locked out of a decent standard of living. Single parent employment rates are at a record high and still, a third of children with a working single parent today living in poverty.
As a priority, the report calls for the government to:
- Create a supportive welfare system that recognises single parents’ needs
- Encourage sustainable employment to make sure work pays and provides a genuine route out of poverty
- Build a fairer child maintenance system, with better access and more effective arrangements.