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

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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BBC Radio 4 appeal with Robert Peston

Posted 25 February 2018

As well as being an experienced journalist, writer and presenter, Robert is a supporter of Gingerbread and a single parent himself. After losing his wife to cancer, Robert became a single parent to his son and...This year, Gingerbread turns 100. We’ve fought for a century to support single parents and their children and while great progress has been made, there is still more work to do. Single parent employment is at...How to listen to the appeal The appeal will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 25 February at 7.55am. Listen live to Radio 4. The appeal will then air again on Sunday 25 February at...

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