Whilst Gingerbread provides services to help single parents, we also aim to challenge social stigma against single parent families and reform government policy. Today, two million single parents face issues such as financial insecurity and poverty, stigma and social isolation. As part of our efforts to tackle these issues, we raise awareness about the challenges single parents face.

Gingerbread delivers high quality communications across all of our channels, including powerful and engaging public campaigns that aim to change government policy. Single parents’ voices are at the heart of how and why we campaign. We aim to support and empower single parents to talk about the challenges they face, and join us in making positive change happen. Through our media and communications presence, we also work hard to increase awareness of the issues facing single parent families, such as social stigma and discrimination.

What issues affect single parents?

There are around two million single parents – they make up a quarter of families with dependent children. These two million single parents, however, face a number of issues that affect their day-to-day lives, which is why single parents still need our support at Gingerbread.

  • 47 per cent of children in single parent families live in relative poverty, around twice the risk of relative poverty faced by children in couple families (24 per cent)
  • Less than half – 38 per cent – of single parents receive child maintenance
  • Single parent households have been the hardest hit household types by tax and benefit reforms since 2010
  • 14 per cent of single parent households were in fuel poverty in 2011, twice the risk faced by couples with children
  • Over two-thirds – 68 per cent – of single parents enter the three lowest paid occupation groups.

You can read more about our research on the issues that affect single parents in current campaigns. These challenge social stigma against single parents, influencing decisions that matter to them including childcare, child maintenance, flexible working and welfare.

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