Latest figures show 97, 050* lone parents are claiming Job Seekers Allowance. This is a tenfold increase since October 2008. Lone Parents now account for 6.7% of the JSA cohort.
Less than 10% of lone parents on JSA have pre-school children. Around 50% have children at primary school and just over 40% have children at secondary school.
The rise is due to both Labour and Coalition Government Policies of reducing the age of the youngest child at which lone parents move from Income Support to JSA. Initially from 16 in 2008, down to 12, then 10, then seven. Next year it will fall to five.
This increase will have important implications for the government’s new Work Programme; as lone parents have particular needs and specific barriers to returning to work.
We would like to invite you, or a colleague, to come along to briefing on the implications of a larger number of lone parents moving on to JSA. To reserve a free place fill in the contact form below.
Helping Lone Parents Back to Work
10.00 – 12.30, Monday 4th April
140 Old Street, London EC1V 9BJ.
We will confirm your place and send full details.
* Labour Market Statistics March 2011