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Gingerbread’s response to shocking new child poverty figures, with nearly half of children in single parents families in poverty
Nearly a half (47 per cent) of children in single parent families now live in poverty, new government data shows. This means there are around 140,000 more single parent children in poverty on the previous year.
There has been a huge surge in the risk of poverty for children whose single parents work full time. As a result, a third of children with a working single parent (either full or part time) are now in poverty , raising questions over the frequent claim by the government that “work is the best route out of poverty” – most recently made today by Work and Pensions Secretary, Damian Green. 
Rosie Ferguson, Chief Executive of Gingerbread, commented:
“Today’s new figures show that child poverty is being allowed to fester rather than being tackled head on. That nearly half of all children in a single parent family are now in poverty is a shocking statistic. That’s 140,000 more children in poverty in single parent families over the course of just one year.
“But perhaps most damning of all is the impression that it is government action – rather than merely inaction – that is actively driving down the life chances of single parents and their children. The huge spike in the number of children in poverty whose single parents are in full time work strongly suggests that the government policy of forcing people into inflexible and low paid jobs is deeply counterproductive.
“Instead we need quality flexible opportunities that work for families, and a fair benefits system that supports them. How many more children must be resigned to poverty before the government accepts this?”
As a priority, Gingerbread is calling for the government to reverse cuts to Universal Credit work allowance and to bring forward promised spending on childcare support for low income families.