We were glad to hear both the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition recognising our “excellent service” at Prime Minister’s Questions earlier in September.
It’s not every week that the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition discuss Universal Credit – a significant area for Gingerbread in the advice we give to support single parents and as an area of research.
The Government’s flagship welfare reform programme is failing to deliver for single parents and many others. We’ve recommended a range of practical asks relating to the government’s UC aims of making work pay, personalising support & simplifying the system.
Our recommendations include:
- Getting Jobcentres to support single parents with the upfront costs of childcare
- Suspending new job-seeking requirements for parents of three and four year olds until affordable and good quality childcare is available locally
- Better access to advance payments.
Significant change is required for make Universal Credit work for single parents and their families.