Supporting lone parents: A Getting London Ready Workshop

  This is a repeat of the session on 15 September Register now Lone parents face particular challenges in find work and those in London face additional barriers. This session will look at some of the key barriers, approaches to overcome them, as well as good practice in supporting lone parents move closer to and [Read more]

Supporting lone parents: a Getting London Ready Workshop

Register now Lone parents face particular challenges in find work and those in London face additional barriers. This session will look at some of the key barriers, approaches to overcome them, as well as good practice in supporting lone parents move closer to and into work. It will be run by Clare Ludlow, Director of [Read more]

Rigid flexibility: the work of the Working Families Legal Advice Service in 2014

Blog post written by Tom Owen, volunteer at LVSC   The Working Families Legal Advice Service provides advice and information to working families, and coaches callers on discussions with their employers to help them remain in work. Working Families recently published a briefing reviewing the performance of its services over the last year, alongside policy [Read more]

Gingerbread: a job alone is not enough, working single parents are struggling to cover bills

Paying the Price: The long road to recovery (Executive Summary) (July 2014) (PDF) From Gingerbread: The long road to recovery …focuses on single parents’ experiences of working and finding work in today’s labour market. The headline findings show that single parents are facing: A high risk of low pay, as well as increasing under-employment and job [Read more]

NPI: 200K lone parents losing an average of £16/week from LHA cuts nationally

NPI, Multiple Cuts for the Poorest Families (April 2014) (PDF) From the New Policy Institute: This briefing looks at how many of the poorest families have been affected by one or more of these benefit cuts to date. In April 2014, 780,000 of the poorest families were experiencing a shortfall in their housing benefit as [Read more]

Government’s Child Poverty Strategy: ‘Work Programme, Universal Credit, etc will fix it’

The government has published its Child poverty strategy 2014 to 2017: The Strategy sets out how we will tackle poverty now through supporting families into work and to increase their earnings, supporting living standards through decreasing costs for low income families and preventing poor children becoming poor adults through raising their educational attainment. This is based [Read more]

Gingerbread surveys single parents on how they are coping financially

Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Managing_In_Austerity As part of its Paying the Price research project, Gingerbread would like to hear from single parents about: How you are finding managing your money What changes are affecting your household budget Any advice or help you have sought for managing your money. The survey looks at how single parents are managing financially (questions draw [Read more]

Analysis of Work Programme performance in London by payment group, age, disability, ethnicity, gender, lone parent status

LVSC analysis of June 2013 performance figures DWP issued official performance stats on the Work Programme in June 2013. The figures relate to the performance of the programme from its commencement in June 2011 to March 2013. These figures offer the first real look at how the Work Programme is performing, following the initial start-up [Read more]

Gingerbread call for reform of JCP and Work Programme support for lone parents

Gingerbread has published new research, undertaken by Dr Adam Whitworth at Sheffield University, looking at the employment support offered to job-seeking single parents. Tailor-made? Single parents’ experiences of employment support from Jobcentre Plus and the Work Programme highlights the urgent need for a step-change in the delivery of employment support to help single parents into [Read more]

LVSC letter to co-chairs of the London Enterprise Panel’s Skills and Employment Working Group

LVSC Chief Executive Eithne Rynne recently wrote to Grant Hearn and Jack Morris, the co-chairs of the London Enterprise Panel’s Skills and Employment Working Group (LEP SEWG). The letter urges the LEP SEWG to use its employment skills strategy to address London’s labour market inequalities by: adopting the various metrics established by the Mayor in the [Read more]