Save The Children has published it’s report “Ending Child Poverty: Ensuring Universal Credit supports working mums”
The report outlines that “The design of Universal Credit should result in improved work incentives and boosts in income for many working families but lack of funding threatens to weaken its impact on child poverty and supporting women into work. New research compiled for Save the Children shows that single parents working longer hours (16 hours or more) on low pay and some second earners will be substantially worse off under the new system. This has serious consequences for children in these families. The impact on single parents alone could push 250,000 children deeper into poverty.”
The report concludes “It is crucial that Universal Credit provides sufficient incentives to parents to move into decent work that offers a sustainable route out of poverty. As the economy recovers, mothers must not be further disadvantaged in the labour market through the introduction of Universal Credit. Instead, it should offer them a means of re-establishing themselves in the labour market following a period of increasing female unemployment. The ability of mothers to work â€“ whether they are single parents or part of a couple â€“ has a significant bearing on whether a family is poor or not. 34 As the figures in this report suggest, the ability of second earners (often mothers) in couple families to bring in a second wage, or the ability of single parents to secure full-time employment, can significantly reduce the risk of poverty.”
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