Employment support is failing far too many single parents. Despite years of government experimentation with welfare reform programmes, the employment rate for single parents still falls far short of that achieved by single parents across other European countries and of mothers in couples in the UK, and has little more than plateaued since 2007.
It's clear that a step-change in the delivery of employment
support to help single parents into work is needed - urgently. As austerity measures hit low
income single parents hard, securing sustainable employment at a decent wage represents single parents’ best chance of lifting their families out of poverty.
Our research, Tailor-made? Single parents' experiences of employment support from Jobcentre Plus and the Work Programme, considers the complete package of government-funded employment support that single parents may experience - from Jobcentre Plus and the Work Programme - and makes recommendations to counter single parents' invisibility within this system.
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