Single parents: Tracking the effects of the coronavirus pandemic


June 2021 - September 2022

This report explores the experiences of single parents who became unemployed during the pandemic. What led to them becoming unemployed? What were their experiences of job-seeking and back-to-work support? It aims to ensure needs and experiences of single parents fully reflected in policy-making and evaluation.

This interim report includes five recommendations for helping single parents return to the workplace, these include:

1.Targeted back into work support.
2.Opportunities to retrain.
3.Clearer better off in work calculations.
4.Flexible work should be opened up.
5.Childcare should be more available and affordable for single parents.

Interim report (March 2022)

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Previous research from Gingerbread and Institute for Employment Studies

June 2020 - May 2021

At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was little consideration of its potential impact on single parents. This research sought to fill this gap, focusing on single parent workers who were not defined as 'essential workers' and so were likely to face the greatest challenges in terms of needing to work and care simultaneously during this period. Issues including furlough, job security and self-isolation are discussed and recommendations are given regarding the importance of considering the particular needs of single parent families in the recovery following the pandemic.

Final report (May 2021)

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Interim report (November 2020)

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