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Single parents and universal credit: singled out?

February 2013

Gingerbread and The Children's Society's analysis finds that more than a quarter of a million (265,000) young or disabled single parents will have support dramatically cut under universal credit.

Loss of flexibilities under Universal Credit

February 2013

Gingerbread's report for parliamentarians on the universal credit regulations 2013.

Unintended consequences

August 2012
Gingerbread's report on how the structure of Universal Credit undermines the coalition commitment to support low income workers through raising the personal tax allowance threshold.

Gingerbread parliamentary briefing, Welfare Reform Bill: Amendment 69, Clause 144 - Lords Report stage

January 2012

The Welfare Reform Bill proposes to extend further the numbers of single parents required to
seek work. As outlined in clause 57, single parents not in paid work and whose youngest child is
five and over will no longer be entitled to claim income support (IS). Instead, they will be
required to claim jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) or another benefit. This briefing outlines the reasons for delay and identifies actions the government needs to take to ensure that single parents have the best chances of finding work that fits with their caring responsibilities and increases their incomes.

Welfare Reform Bill_Lords report stage_clause 144_ 120123.pdf Welfare Reform Bill_Lords report stage_clause 144_ 120123.pdf

Welfare Reform Bill - A joint briefing for the Second Reading:Child maintenance

March 2011

Part 6 of the Bill makes provision to implement child maintenance proposals contained in the Government consultation document ‘Strengthening Families, promoting parental responsibility: the future of child maintenance.’ This briefing outlines our concerns that in encouraging parents living apart to make their own child maintenance agreements, this is not at the expense of providing an effective and affordable statutory scheme for parents and children needing and entitled to child maintenance.

Welfare Reform Bill 2011: Gingerbread Briefing for Second Reading

March 2011

The Welfare Reform Bill 2011 contains a radical package of reform; it introduces a new integrated system of benefits, Universal Credit, and also incorporates a whole raft of further changes to different aspects of the welfare system. This briefing outlines our concerns about the Bill’s overall approach, and about specific clauses that are particularly significant for single parents.


Changes to single parent welfare entitlements: Income Support to Jobseekers Allowance switch

October 2010

From October 2010 non-working single parents claiming financial support from the government will be required to seek paid employment when their youngest child turns 7. This briefing outlines a number of issues need to be addressed urgently if the new system is to succeed with recommendations.

Gingerbread statement of principles: Spending Review 2010

October 2010

Following the publication of a framework for the spending review this submission we set out a subsidiary set of principles which Gingerbread believes should inform spending decisions, with examples of policy areas in which these have relevance.

Gingerbread statement of principles - Spending Review 2010.pdf


There’s only one of me: Single parents, welfare reform and the real world

The Welfare Reform Bill proposes sanctions for single parents with children between three and seven who do not take part in “work related activity”. This report uses the voices of single parents to illustrate the problems with this proposal.

There is only one of me - single parents, welfare reform and the real world.pdf