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Root-and-branch review of Child Maintenance Service needed to lift children out of poverty

One Parent Families Scotland is calling for a root-and-branch review by the UK Government of the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) to make it fit for purpose and lift single parents and their children out of poverty. Freedom of Information requests …

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Lone parent families at the sharp end of wealth inequality in Scotland

New research on wealth inequality published this week by the Scottish Government shows that single parents and their children are consistently the worst-off in Scotland. The data looks at overall wealth, which includes financial assets, household goods, property and private …

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Apply now for your Best Start Food payment card

Healthy Start vouchers will stop for families in Scotland at the end of March 2020. They are being replaced by the Best Start Foods payment card. Eligible expectant parents and parents of children aged three and under are being asked …

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Why you should care about unpaid care work

Oxfam’s ‘Time to Care’ report reveals the scale of global inequality linked to care work, ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos this week. Oxfam Scotland analysis shows the estimated value of unpaid care work in Scotland to be …

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Unpaid care must be better valued to tackle inequality, research finds

One Parent Families Scotland has joined Oxfam Scotland, Carers Scotland and the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) in calling for unpaid caring responsibilities to be better valued by governments. Oxfam’s ‘Time to Care’ report reveals the scale …

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Got 2020 visions of entering employment? We could help you on the journey

As we enter the new year and new decade, many of us will be reflecting on our goals, plans and hopes for the future. January can be a great time for self-motivation, whether you’re aiming for a new job or …

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Work with us! Payroll Officer, Edinburgh

We are recruiting a part-time Payroll Officer in our Edinburgh office. Closing date is 20th January.

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A single parent’s guide to Christmas

Christmas bells and festive cheer, adverts and shop windows trying to sell sparkly treasures to your children… While the kids excitedly count down how many sleeps till Santa comes, many single parents worry about how much there is to organise …

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OPFS wishing you a happy Christmas and New Year

On behalf of all at One Parent Families Scotland we wish you seasons greetings and all the best for 2020. Our offices and helpline will have different opening hours over the festive break. The Lone Parent Helpline will be closed from 24th …

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Out of School Care in Scotland – Plans for the Future

The Scottish Government have published a draft framework on out of school care for consultation. It sets out a vision for out of school care, considers the current picture, and asks questions about the benefits and challenges of accessing out …

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