Employment support is failing far too many single parents. Despite years of government initiatives and ‘welfare-to-work’ programmes, the single parent employment rate in the UK is still far short of rates in European countries, and of couple mothers in the UK. As welfare reform hits single parents hard, sustainable employment at a decent wage is urgently needed.
This report looks at the package of government-funded employment support – from Jobcentre Plus and the Work Programme – and makes recommendations to improve single parents’ visibility in this system. This includes understanding single parent support needs, ensuring consistent and reliable childcare support and improving the quality of employment support based on single parents’ skills and needs