Welfare Reform

Over the next 3 years more than 25,000 single parents in Scotland will be affected by changes to Welfare Benefits introduced by the Westminster Government. The stated rationale for the changes is to tackle child poverty through engaging more lone parents in employment. However, we are concerned as to whether the infrastructure in Scotland that will be needed to support single parents into employment is going to be adequate for the task.

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We have taken the lead with Action for Children and other children’s organisations to lobby Westminster for changes to be made to the Welfare Reform Bill around conditionality and childcare as well as making clear our concerns around changes to Child Maintenance.

One Parent Families Scotland has a number of significant concerns about the UK Government’s Welfare Reform proposals, and especially about the risk of sanctions being imposed upon lone parents unable to access work due to a lack of suitable childcare.

Previous Work

  • We led, along with Action for Children, a UK wide alliance of over 40 organisations which lobbied MPs and then Peers during the House of Commons and subsequent House of Lords’ consideration of the legislation. The aim of the campaign was to try and prevent sanctions being imposed upon lone parents.
  • We have worked with Baroness Ruth Lister to ensure Scottish concerns around welfare reform are raised in the House of Lords.
  • We have had meetings with DWP Universal Credit officials in London.
  • We have met with Lord Freud on issues affecting lone parents around welfare reform.

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