Lone parents on JSA rise 5% in one month – biggest rise among parents of 5 and 6 year olds.

The number of Lone Parents on JSA continues to rise as benefit changes kick in.

The biggest rise is among parents of children aged five and six which went up by 60% in one month from 11, 960 to 19, 175. Figures for Parents with older children remain steady on the month.

The total number of lone Parents on JSA is the highest ever at 128,930.

At a time when the total number of JSA is down by 15,000, the number of Lone Parents is up by nearly 7000.

The impact for those on the Work Programme is enormous. The younger the child the more support the parent will need to get back to work and the likelihood is that they will need to work more flexibly and pay more for childcare.

One thought on “Lone parents on JSA rise 5% in one month – biggest rise among parents of 5 and 6 year olds.

  1. Future Excel says:

    This issue needs to be right at the top of the priorities employment support providers should be addressing. A report by Gingerbread, ‘The only way is up? The employment aspirations of single parents’, reveals that more two-thirds of single parents have taken lower-skilled occupations that are typically low paid. Fiona Weir, chief executive of Gingerbread, said, ‘Affordable, modern childcare options and more flexible jobs could transform the lives of millions of working families across the UK, not just single parents, and offer real benefits for employers and our economy. Even small changes can make a big difference, so that single parents can pursue the jobs that would make the most of their skills and provide a better life for their families.’

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