I am a single parent and need some advice

In the UK there are around two million single parents, or a quarter of all families with dependent children. We understand the hardship you face, over 67% of you are in work, but the number of children living in single parent families who live in relative poverty, is almost double compared to the risk of relative poverty children in two parent families face.

We know that there are a number of key reasons for this such as you are more likely to be and get stuck in, low-paid work than other workers; there is a lack of jobs that offer flexible working which can mean single parents often take part-time work which is often low-paid to balance work and family life, and the growing cost of local childcare – which can also be inflexible when juggling the demands of work.