• OPFS Briefing on the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill

    OPFS warmly welcomes the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill. We are extremely pleased that the Bill contains a duty to eradicate child poverty and that there are clear and identifiable targets about when and how this should be achieved. We particularly welcome the fact …

  • School Clothing Report

    Findings from the 2017 School Clothing Grants Survey  “I did without for months in order to afford school uniforms”    Across Scotland, the school clothing grant varies by local authority (from £40 to £110) and in many areas amounts set …

  • OPFS Briefing: Universal Credit: Single Parents – Gender Issues

    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.

  • OPFS Briefing: Participatory Budgeting

    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 Briefing for MSP’s on the Devolution Of Employability Services

    The devolution of employability services to Scotland is important because it offers opportunities to the Scottish Government to make changes which could actively support single parents to overcome some of the barriers they face. It argues the proposal that claimants …

  • OPFS Briefing: Welfare Reform and Work Bill Report Stage

    There are many aspects of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill which give us very grave cause for concern. The Bill will weaken the Child Poverty Act, introduce greater conditionality and sanctions and make severe cuts to a range of social security and tax credit entitlements. This briefing concentrates on a number of key clauses (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 15).

  • Policy priorities to support one-parent families

    Having consulted single parents about their key concerns and the kind of changes that could make a difference to their families, we propose five cross-cutting themes and ten policy priorities to help tackle child poverty.

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