Posted 8 February 2021
Gingerbread, the charity for single parent families, and StepChange, the UK’s leading debt charity, are today publishing a new report which shows the UK’s 2 million single parents are more likely than any other sector...
Posted 27 January 2015
Gingerbread responds to Prime Minister’s announcement of impeding benefit cap reduction.
Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement that his party’s first act of government would be to lower the benefit cap to £23,000, Gingerbread Chief Executive Fiona Weir said:
“61 per cent of those already hit by the benefit cap are single parent families and the majority of these have a child aged under five. It’s likely that under a lower benefit cap single parents and their children would continue to bear the brunt of this cut, losing even more support when many are already struggling to get by.
“Despite government claims that the cap helps people into work, most people affected so far haven’t been able to do so. It can be extremely difficult for single parents with very young children to find a job they can balance with caring for their child, not to mention the money needed to pay nursery fees.
“If the government is committed to helping more people move into work, especially parents, its focus should be on rolling out additional support with childcare costs and working with employers to tackle low pay and create more family-friendly jobs.”
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