Part-time work for single parents leaving children in poverty
June 14, 2013 1 comment
According to new figures from the Department for Work and Pensions, the previous year’s figure was just under one in four (23 per cent). Overall, 43 per cent of children from single parent families live in poverty, making them twice as likely as children from other households to live below the breadline.
“It is alarming to see the dramatic leap in the numbers of single parents who are in work, but still trapped in poverty, with one in three children whose single parent works part-time below the poverty line. Government claims that work is the best route out of poverty are simply not ringing true.”
“More than four in ten single parent families are living in poverty in the UK today – that means going without many of the essentials that most families take for granted: a hot shower, three meals a day or new shoes for your children when their feet grow.”
She called on the government to help create more family-friendly jobs, increase its support for childcare, and better balance tax credits and benefits so that work pays for people in poverty.
Gingerbread’s Make It Work campaign is aimed at helping to make work a “guaranteed route out of poverty for single parents”. The charity called on the government to commit to helping 250,000 more single parents into work over the next seven years.
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