With 4 in 10 children in single parent families living in poverty, the Scottish government has a way to go to meet its child poverty targets. The Scottish Government is committed to a legal target of reducing child poverty to 18% by 2023/24 and less than 10% by 2030. A new report from One Parent Families Scotland and Oxfam has called for reform of the government’s employability support.
“For single parents, the vast majority of whom are women, the barriers which many mothers already faced to entering, remaining and progressing in employment – such as a lack of flexible, affordable childcare options and a shortage of fairly paid, flexible jobs – are only compounded by the fact that they are also the sole breadwinner and carer for their families.” – Chief executive of One Parent Families Scotland, Satwat Rehman.
Read One Parent Families Scotland’s report, ‘Thriving, Not Just Surviving: Improving Employability Support for Single Parents and Carers in Scotland‘.