In Scotland 1 in 4 families are headed by a single parent, the majority of whom are women. Single parents are doing a brilliant job, but paying the bills and juggling work and family life single-handed can be a real challenge. We will soon have a new government in Westminster. What will be the impact of new policies on single parents and their children?
The “Giving Single Parents a Voice” event will shine a light on the issues and policy responses that matter most to single parents. We would like to thank Christina McKelvie MSP for sponsoring this event at the Scottish Parliament.
OPFS has consulted parents to identify what most concerns single parents, and the kinds of changes that could help their families.
The top 5 areas in single parents’ wish lists are:
- Childcare: High-quality, flexible childcare that is affordable at the point of delivery, both to allow parents to work/study and to give all children gains in development.
- Benefits & Tax Credits: Set benefits at a level so that families are not left in poverty and all have sufficient income to lead a dignified life.
- Welfare Reform: Change welfare reform to remove sanctions and make it supportive of single parents to have the choice to take up training and education as well as employment.
- Employment: Help single parents take home a living wage and encourage more flexible, family friendly working.
- Attitudes & Stigma: Challenge the myths portrayed single parents in the media by communicating the facts.
Come along to the OPFS reception and hear single parents talk about the issues that matter. Our campaign aims to make sure politicians are aware of just how important these concerns are. Let’s appreciate the power of the single parent voice and the strength of support behind our policy calls.