Policy & Influencing
Single Parent involvement is integral to the everyday work of OPFS, putting parents and children at the heart of our strategies and decision-making processes. OPFS uses practice and single parents lived experience to change policy. Some examples include: the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act has single parents as a priority group because of OPFS influencing work with MSP’s; Scottish school clothing grants must now be set at a minimum level of £100 due to OPFS leading evidence based influencing work with the Scottish Cabinet Secretary and COSLA .
School Clothing Grants
Scottish school clothing grants must now be set at a minimum level of £100 due to a partnership led by OPFS, CPAG and PTC leading evidence based influencing work with the Scottish Cabinet Secretary and COSLA .
- Research in 2016 suggests that clothing a child for school can cost up to £129.50 even when shopping at supermarkets and bargain stores: View report.
- Findings from 2017 OPFS School Clothing Grants Survey
- An estimated 120,000 families will benefit from a new £100 national minimum school clothing grant in Scotland.
Child Poverty (Scotland ) Act
The Child Poverty (Scotland) Act aims to reduce child poverty to less than 10% by 2030. OPFS has campaigned for many years for single parent families to be recognised as a group which requires tailored support therefore we are very pleased that children living in single parent families have been identified as a priority group for Scottish Government when preparing their Delivery Plans.
- OPFS Consultation – Single Parents Views: Scottish Government Child Poverty Delivery Plans: Single Parents Views
- Scottish Government Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plans: Every Child, Every Chance: The Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan 2018-22
- OPFS Response to Scottish Government’s Child Poverty Delivery Plan: Scottish Government Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan – OPFS Response