With the Work Programme set for a 13 June start date, here are 13 pieces of useful information
- Almost 60% of lone parents work.
- There are over 110,000 lone parents on JSA, eleven times as many as there were in 2008.
- Next year Lone Parents on benefits will move onto JSA when their youngest child is five.
- Nearly 8% of JSA clients are lone parents.
- Around 90% of lone parents on JSA are women.
- 60% of lone parents on JSA have children under 12.
- 10% have children under five.
- The Childcare Element of Working Tax Credit covers 70% of childcare costs.
- Lone parents with children at primary school can choose to work school hours.
- In inner London 60% of lone parents don’t work.
- A lone parent can refuse to take a job, without sanction, if the childcare required is not available.
- Lone parents tell us that the three big things that stop them working are concerns over: whether they will be better off in work; the cost availability and quality of childcare; and confidence in themselves and in the likelyhood of their being a job out their that suits their family timetable.
- Respected medical journal The Lancet has recently published research showing that local sure start programmes have a positive effect on children’s social behaviour and independence.
Our next Lone Parent Adviser Training day is on the 4th July in London. Book on here