Posted 17 April 2018
Published on 21 September 2017
This report looks at single parents’ finances against a backdrop of austerity, and is the last from our ‘Paying the Price’ project.
The findings show that, despite record high single parent employment, many single parents face persistent financial insecurity. The research finds high living costs, welfare cuts and insecure, low-paid work all contribute to single parents struggling to make ends meet.
As a priority, the report calls the government to:
In the longer term, we want the government to make sure benefits keep pace with living costs, invest more in debt prevention and re-think wider welfare reforms.
The report found single parents affected by three main issues:
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