This section provides more information on the profile of single parents. It examines the work of OPFS on tackling inequalities faced by families through a series of survey’s, reports and briefings. Find out more in links below.
Evaluation of the OPFS Practitioner Advice Service funded by Comic Relief to provide a single parent financial capability helpdesk for frontline staff in Glasgow.
Draft briefings from the Community Connections Project
If you are a single parent on a zero-hours contract how can you get reliable childcare when you need it, and which doesn’t leave you worse off? How do you pay for childcare in order to retrain for work or for better work? What if you need childcare by the hour and not by the session? Or occasionally but not regularly?
The availability of childcare to help parents into work and training is vital in tackling child poverty. But childcare affordability and flexibility are major barriers facing single parents who want to take up work or get qualifications, with the quality of childcare an associated concern.
To contribute to the Scottish Governments Child Poverty Delivery Plans OPFS undertook an on-line and
paper-based survey on single views on the impact of poverty and what they felt government
One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS) and Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland (CPAG) have published a new report today on the the impact of the lower Benefit Cap which was introduced in November 2016 to £20,000 per annum (£13,400 for single people without children). …
Universal Credit is a new benefit that is replacing many of the current benefits and tax credits. It is for individuals and families of working age whether they are in work or not working.
A recent Community Choices Project, funded by Scottish Government, held its Participatory Budgeting event for parents and children from two primary schools in Castlemilk. Over 170 Parents, families and children attended.
OPFS was a partner in a UK wide “Participatory One Parent Proofing” initiative funded by the Big Lottery. This involved three years of participatory research by single parents and development of a one parent participatory toolkit.
We recently carried out a survey of single parents in Glasgow asking about their policy priorities.Three key areas are: childcare; welfare reform and employment.
Why are so few single parents entering education? Our survey into single parents and further education threw up a few surprises.
Our survey reveals that three-in-four single parents have experienced stigma in the last two years.
Report: Exploring the impacts of the UK government’s welfare reforms on lone parents moving into work (Sep 2014)
Literature Review: The impacts of welfare reforms on lone parents moving into work (May 2014)
We have contributed to research on single parents.
- Edinburgh University- Stakeholder participation in research project COPE – Combating Poverty in Europe.
- University of Bristol, supported singe parent involvement in research in the Glasgow area as part of a national study of poverty and social exclusion.
- Employability Practice Exchange- met practitioners from Steget Videre in Umea for their Practice Exchange visit to Glasgow.
- Grundvig European Project – Participation in the project “STROMO” to share knowledge and experience on approaches, projects, methods and network structures for an improved support structure for the target group single parents in Europe’
- Glasgow Centre for Population Health- Steering Group for research project exploring the challenges and opportunities facing lone parents, with children over the age of five, in receipt of out-of-work benefits and moving into paid work as part of the UK government’s welfare reforms.