Reports today have brought to light negative comments made by Prime Minister Boris Johnson about the children of single parents in a column published in 1995.
Faye Goldman, Interim Communications and Policy Director at Gingerbread responds:
“Boris Johnson’s past description of single parents is wrong. His stereotyping is a thoughtless and inaccurate characterisation of almost 2 million people.
“Single parent families are part of mainstream life in the UK, with one in four families headed by a single parent. Employment rates for single parents are at a record high, with almost 70% of single parents working in spite of the lack of flexible work and high cost of childcare.
“A recent study by Gingerbread and Sheffield University showed that being raised by a single parent has no negative impact on a child’s wellbeing. It is poverty, not the shape or size of their family, that affects children’s ability to achieve their full potential.
“There is still a long way to go to ensure all single parent families achieve the secure foundations they need to flourish. Gingerbread will keep working hard to help change this. In the interim we need to challenge outdated and inaccurate stereotypes.
“Single parents are doing a great job – against all odds.”