Posted 5 March 2019
Published on 11 January 2018
Single parents already make up around one in eight (over 65,000) households receiving UC at June 2017. Once fully rolled out, nearly all (over 90 per cent) of the UK’s nearly 2 million single parent families will be eligible to receive UC – it is vital this flagship reform is fit for purpose. Single parent families are already under significant financial strain – universal credit risks making their situation worse.
Self-employment can offer single parents a lifeline when there are few employers offering part-time and/or flexible work. However, it may no longer be feasible for some due to changes under Universal Credit.
Apart from general concerns, such as accounting for fluctuating earnings when Universal Credit is based on monthly assessments, there are specific issues facing single parents. These include:
We would like to see more flexibility in Minimum Income Floor rules, longer start-up and assessment periods and better support for self-employed claimants.