Gingerbread calls on the new government to tackle the poverty epidemic among single parent families

Posted 16 December 2019

As the new Conservative government is announced, Gingerbread calls for urgent action to reduce poverty among single parent families through policies that improve living standards for the 1 in 4 UK families headed by single parents.

49% of children in single parent families are in poverty, almost double that of children in couple families; a sharp rise that has been driven by years of policy choices that do not recognise the needs of diverse families. Without proper change, this will get worse – single parents are expected to lose an average of £3,800 of their annual net income by 2021/22 as a result of 2010-17 tax and benefit reforms, the biggest loss of all household types in the UK.

Gingerbread’s single parent manifesto sets out the four priority areas in which the Conservative government must now take action to turn this rising tide:

  1. Make childcare work for single parents
  2. Create a supportive welfare system
  3. Support single parents to enter and progress in work
  4. Make the Child Maintenance Service fit for purpose

Victoria Benson, Gingerbread Chief Executive says:

“With the election results now in, we must look ahead to the future we want to create for the 1.8 million single parent families in the UK, many of whom are struggling to put food on the table or provide school shoes for their children. Record numbers of single parents are in work but a lack of flexible work, the insecurity of Universal Credit, a costly childcare system and an ill-functioning Child Maintenance Service mean that work is not a route out of poverty.

“Our research shows that there are practical steps that the new Prime Minister and his government can take to improve the lives of single parents and their children. We look forward to working with the government to ensure single parents’ voices are heard, and to give diverse families the opportunities and support they need to thrive, not just survive.”

Read our Single Parent Manifesto in full

2 comments on “Gingerbread calls on the new government to tackle the poverty epidemic among single parent families

  1. I brought up 2 children for 18 yrs without a penny of maintenance z despite going to my Map Ed Vaisey.
    I have no money for my future. No savings.
    I’ve worked but I’m single and been l ft to bring up 2 children. No help anywhere at all.

  2. I just want to be appreciated by my 8 year old son. We r fortunate my parents his grandparents can live with us. It’s my house but as they contribute significantly it doesnt feel like it. I want to stand on my own two feet and support child. I was trapped but never reported it as dont think I’d be believed as drunken night out. I w t more kids adopt or foster.

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