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Campaigning with single parents

Gingerbread’s Policy and Campaigns team works with single parents to understand how policies are affecting them and what needs to change. 

We make sure single parents’ voices are heard in the headlines and in the corridors of power nationwide. 

Issues we’ve worked on include:

  • Child maintenance charging – our campaign led to  a reduction in the ‘application fee’ from a proposed £50 to £20, and exorbitant phone charges were dropped completely
  • Childcare funding - with partners, we successfully lobbied government to raise support for childcare for low income families on universal credit from 70 to 85 per cent
  • Welfare reform.
Read more about our campaign wins.

You can see our current campaign priorities, or sign up to our campaigner email list for more information.

Many single parents around the country are running their own campaigns, on a wide range of issues. Some are also working closely with their local Gingerbread groups.

Single parent led campaigns:

  • Concentrix checks

Single mum Kelly is campaigning against Concentrix checks. You can read and sign her petition here.

  • Self-employed single parents and the minimum income floor:

Single mum Claire is campaigning against government plans to introduce a minimum income floor under universal credit. You can sign the petition on  Claire also runs an online platform for single parents who run their own businesses. Visit the site to get your business listed.

  • Child maintenance arrears:

Single mum Kerry Ann Howard is campaigning on child maintenance arrears. You can sign her petition here.

  • Stop the closure of child care centres

Single mum Catherine is campaigning to stop the closure of 40 Sure Start centres in Hampshire. You can take action on


BEF avatar
16 March 2017 21:50

After filling in an online Gingerbread petition on non-payment of child maintenance my daughter received a very nice letter from Michael Gove MP. He went into great detail about how the CMS has a range of effective enforcement powers to deal with parents who default on payments. How can I reply to him that these powers are NOT BEING USED?! My daughter has spent almost ten years battling with her ex but still he gets away with non-payment time after time.

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