WELFARE reforms will hit young, single parents hardest, throwing
thousands more children into poverty, charities have warned.
A report by Gingerbread and the Children's Society, Single
Parents and Universal Credit: Singled out?, estimates that
240,000 single parents under the age of 25 will lose about £780
each year under the Universal Credit system.
Currently, single parents are exempt from rules that give
under-25s a lower rate of support, but the Universal Credit, which
is planned to be fully in place in 2017, will remove this
Universal Credit will replace existing benefits such as
jobseeker's allowance, income support, and housing benefit. The
Universal Credit reform went before a parliamentary committee on
Charities have warned that disabled single parents will lose out
even more, as the severe disability premium is abolished. Severely
disabled single parents, many of whom rely on their children to
provide their care, could lose as much as £3000 a year.
Single parents are already twice as likely to live in poverty,
the charities' research shows.
The director of communications and policy at the Children's
Society, Lily Caprani, said: "All children need decent support -
whatever their parents' age. So taking away some of this essential
support because a parent is 19 or 24, instead of 25, doesn't make
The report can be read here.
Attitudes to disability. A new survey,
published this week by the Christian disability charity
Liveability, found that employers' attitudes were the biggest
stumbling block to disabled people in the workplace. The report
found that in 62 per cent of respondents, employers' attitudes were
problematic. Liveability has launched a campaign, "Let Me