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Read the latest news on Gingerbread’s work and the issues affecting single parent families today.

Changes to our services in Wales

Posted 14 November 2018

In February 2018, we celebrated 100 years of working for and with single parent families. Things have changed a lot over the decades, but our values have remained consistent. With members and campaigners at the...

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Gingerbread responds to Budget 2018

Posted 29 October 2018

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...

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Government U-turn on child maintenance avoidance is “welcome but not enough”

Posted 12 July 2018

The government’s new child maintenance strategy shows it is listening to the concerns raised by Gingerbread and single parents,[1] but still leaves question marks as to whether the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) is fit for...Notes [1] Gingerbread’s response to the DWP’s consultation. [2] Child maintenance avoidance describes when a paying parent minimises their declared income, which is used to calculate maintenance owed, thereby paying far less than they can afford. [3] Parents...

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New findings on Universal Credit

Posted 16 May 2018

Gingerbread has been working with single parent families to understand the experience and reality of Universal Credit (UC) as it continues to be rolled out. We outline progress against the Government’s objectives to: make work pay personalise support simplify...

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Unfair benefit sanctions push single parents further away from employment

Posted 17 April 2018

Unfair benefit sanctions can result in single parents being less likely to find employment and take a severe financial and emotional toll on single parents and their children, with the situation set to worsen under...Unhelpful and unfair? also shows the first signs that Universal Credit risks making this situation worse, as more single parents – including those with very young children and those who are in work – are...

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