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Children from single parent families are growing up in poverty
as successive governments fail to make work pay and tackle single
parent unemployment, reports Gingerbread. The charity, which
supports lone parents, has launched a three-year campaign,
Make It Work, calling on the Government to take action to help
single parents escape unemployment and working poverty.
Gingerbread's research shows:
A public poll commissioned by Gingerbread shows broad public
understanding of the challenges that single parents face. Asked how
effective a number of options would be as a way to get single
parents into work, people think the most effective ways are:
Fiona Weir, Chief Executive of Gingerbread said: “Times are
tough for lots of families at the moment, and the multiple barriers
to work that single parent families face are shared in part by
millions of other families too. By getting childcare, flexible
working and in-work support right for single parents, government,
childcare providers and employers can get it right for all
Gingerbread is calling on the government and businesses to:
1. Make work a guaranteed route out of poverty for single
2. Get 250,000 more single parents into work by 2020
3. Employ a different attitude to work and school hours
4. Unlock single parents’ skills and potential.
For more information and to join Gingerbread’s Make It Work
campaign, visit the Gingerbread website
(link opens in a new window).
Gingerbread (link opens in a new window)
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