The findings show that a lack of part-time jobs and suitable childcare will make it difficult for parents with pre-school aged children to move into and sustain work. This risks this group of parents being exposed to financial sanctions and further poverty.
As a priority, the report calls on the Government to:
- Suspend job seeking requirements for this group of parents until sufficient childcare and flexible jobs are in place;
- Design and promote genuine flexible work opportunities including an overhaul of the DWP’s jobsite Universal Jobmatch;
- Extend eligibility for 30 hours free childcare for parents of 3 and 4 year olds to those in education and training; and
- Increase publicity about childcare support under UC and register of providers where childcare provision can be combined.