Whilst general unemployment continues to fall, changes to benefits means a rise in both total number of Lone Parents on JSA to 147,000 (up 2.4% on the previous month) and the rising percentage of lone parents as a total of JSA claimants. – now 10%. Nine out of ten lone parents are women.
Just over 60% of lone parents on JSA have children under 12.
Notes on what needs to be done to improve these figures
- Part-time work is increasingly important. Most lone parents feel the best model for work is part-time, school hours. There is not a lot of this available.
- Flexibility for employees as well as employers. Employer driven short and zero hours contracts fail to offer an exit route for lone parents of employment.
- The availability, quality and affordability of before& after school, and holiday childcare becomes even more important.
- Parents need more support to get back to work before their children reach five when they move on to JSA.
- And in the long run Universal Credit must offer parents both the incentive and support to move into work.
Full details of the Statistics in a useful ONS Video here