Tackling single parent poverty after the coronavirus crisis

Wednesday 16 December 2020 | Online | 11.00am – 12.00pm

Slides and video

While the employment rate for single parents had increased rapidly in the last two decades, single parent families remain highly vulnerable to poverty. Nearly half of children growing up in single parent families were living in poverty on the eve of the crisis.

New report by Learning and Work Institute and Gingerbread – and supported by JRF – warns that the pandemic has hit single parents hardest. Single parents are more likely to have lost their jobs, to have been furloughed, and they are more likely to be struggling financially and worried about the future. The pandemic risks exacerbating pre-existing inequalities, and pushing more single parent families and children into poverty.

This event will explore how the crisis has impacted single parents, and set out what we need to ensure lower levels of single parent poverty after coronavirus.  

Speakers include:  

  • Dr Rupa Huq MP, Chair of APPG on single parent families
  • Dr Fiona Aldridge, Director of Policy and Research, Learning and Work Institute (chair)
  • Laura Dewar, Policy and Research Lead, Gingerbread
  • Joe Dromey, Deputy Director of Research and Development, Learning and Work Institute

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