Responding to today’s Budget, Rosie Ferguson, CEO of Gingerbread said:
“Single parents like Mischa, Lisa and Elaine are starting to be heard.
Gingerbread welcomes the investment into the work allowance and protection for people moving to Universal Credit. This will begin to reverse the devastating cuts announced in 2015 that decimated the work allowance of Universal Credit.
This is a welcome step forward, recognising that single parents have been disproportionately hit by cuts. However, this is not the end of austerity for single parent families up and down the country who are simply trying to do the best for their children.
Universal Credit has many challenges ahead; Gingerbread has and will continue to hear from single parents struggling with debt, fluctuations in their income, access to quality jobs, unaffordable childcare and high housing costs.
Critically, however, the Government are starting to listen to the voices and experience of single parent families and we hope this will continue.”