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Scotland in European Collaboration to Engage Employers to Support Single Parents in the Workplace

In Scotland, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Ireland, new programmes promote work-family balance to support parents to enter and stay in employment. (Dublin, 20 June 2018) One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS) – Scotland’s largest national single parent organisation – has …

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UK Benefits System – Punishing the Most Vulnerable

One Parent Families Scotland today published research which they say shows the present benefits conditionality regime disproportionately affects vulnerable single parents, particularly those who have poor health or are disabled, often leaving them distressed, impoverished and reliant on food banks. …

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Scotland’s third sector unites to call for Universal Credit roll out to be halted

Today One Parent Families Scotland has joined forces with twenty four charities and individuals to call for a halt to the accelerated roll out of Universal Credit in October. Together these organisations represent a broad cross section of Scotland’s third sector, …

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New Gingerbread report: ‘Children deserve more’

Gingerbread’s new report, ‘Children deserve more: challenging child maintenance avoidance’ has just been published. The report shows how the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) is unable and unwilling to ensure proper support for children. It highlights shows how current rules, and …

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OPFS Statement – Universal Credit : 2 child – rape clause

Surely children should not have their life chances damaged because of the number of sisters and brothers they have? OPFS supports the decision by key women’s organisations who will refuse to be third party verifiers to help officials implement the …

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OPFS Statement on Summer 2015 Budget

The budget has signalled four more years of austerity, with higher child poverty but lower taxes for the more affluent.

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Introduction of universal credit waiting days from 03 August 2015

A new 7-day waiting period at the start of certain universal credit claims will be introduced from the 03 August 2015.

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Child maintenance charges come into force today

From today (30 June 2014) parents will be charged for the use of The Child Maintenance Service.

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Child Maintenance Service goes live

From the 25 November 2013, the Child Maintenance Service opened its doors to all new claimants. This new agency will replace the Child Support Agency with CSA cases eventually being closed down.

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