Letter calling on the UK Government to #EndtheYoungParentPenalty

Letter calling on the UK Government to #EndtheYoungParentPenalty

Letter calling on the UK Government to #EndtheYoungParentPenalty

On 10 June 2021 a cross-party letter was sent to secretary of state for work and pensions Therese Coffey calling for the adult rate of benefits to be restored to single parents under 25 in Universal Credit, as part of One Parent Families Scotland’s campaign to #EndtheYoungParentPenalty. Bridgewater lent its support to that letter and its Chief Executive, Ian McLean, signed the letter on behalf of the Association.

There is no reason to treat single parent families differently based on age. Whether under or over 25, single parents have a high percentage of their household income taken up by caring for a child as they are both the sole breadwinner and carer for their family. The Government’s decision not to extend this support can only therefore be seen as a Young Parent Penalty.

Letter to Theresa Coffey, with over 100+ civil society signatories alongside 60 MPs from nine parties

 

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