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 17 February 2017
While the government undertook a U-turn on tax credit reforms in 2015 to avoid an overnight income cut for low income working families, it did not stop a similar cut to universal credit. With a new government agenda, Gingerbread is calling on policymakers to ensure the promise to make work pay and help ‘just managing’ families is fulfilled.
Single parents – two-thirds of whom work – are hit particularly hard by the cut to the universal credit work allowance and delay to promised childcare support (the latter as a result of the slow roll-out of universal credit). Low-paid working families face poorer work incentives and far lower incomes as a result.
The government can make work pay and fulfil its aim to help the ‘just about managing’ by: