Will lone parents go back to work earlier? The new requirement to actively seek work.

This is the second in our series of blogs on issues that arose out of our Summer Afternoon Seminar. Lone parents have to actively seek work when their youngest child is five,  and they make up 11% of those on JSA.  The Graph below shows that the majority of parents on JSA have primary school children, … Continue reading Will lone parents go back to work earlier? The new requirement to actively seek work.

A watershed budget that changes the landscape for Lone Parents: Belina Seminar report

This is the first of a series on blogs on issues that arose out of our Summer Afternoon Seminar The 2015 Summer Budget was a watershed  that changed the tax and benefits landscape. The first conservative budget in 20 years had a clear ideological approach  over such a wide range of tax and benefit changes that … Continue reading A watershed budget that changes the landscape for Lone Parents: Belina Seminar report

As Belina predicted, lone parents on Universal Credit will need to look for work when their children turn 3 – Belina Budget Blog

As Belina predicted in May, Parents with a youngest child aged three or older, including lone parents, who are able to work will be expected to look for work if they are claiming Universal Credit. These parents will receive extra support from Jobcentre Plus. This comes on the back of free 30 hours a week … Continue reading As Belina predicted, lone parents on Universal Credit will need to look for work when their children turn 3 – Belina Budget Blog

Launch of www.getreadyforwork.org website reaches over 70,000 through twitter campaign. site reviews here.

In an a twitter based campaign, we launched the Get Ready for Work Website on 19 June, reaching over 70,000 twitterers  on the first day. Thanks for all the great reviews. All the very best to Liz Sewell and her new website. Keep up the great work. @BelinaLiz http://www.getreadyforwork.org   Laura Dewar, Policy Campaigner for Single Parents … Continue reading Launch of www.getreadyforwork.org website reaches over 70,000 through twitter campaign. site reviews here.

UK productivity gap – lone parent employment is part of solution

Belina's Summer Afternoon Seminar is looking at how lone parents can help bridge the UK productivity gap you can book on below. The “jobs miracle’ claimed by the Coalition Government was impressive, but it had one big flaw: the number of people in work did go up, but productivity fell. Here, Liz Sewell, Director of Belina, … Continue reading UK productivity gap – lone parent employment is part of solution

New GRoW Project for Bristol – in partnership with Single Parent Action Network

NEWS Belina will be partnering with the Single Parent Action Network (SPAN) in Bristol to deliver the GRoW programme in three Children's Centres. The training the trainers programme is set for the summer with delivery in the Autumn. We are delighted to be working with the charity and hope this will be the start of … Continue reading New GRoW Project for Bristol – in partnership with Single Parent Action Network

WHAT DOES THE QUEEN’S SPEECH MEAN FOR PARENTS ON BENEFIT AND IN EMPLOYMENT?

Two Bills will form the basis of the Government’s work with families on benefits and in work. The first is the Full Employment and Welfare Benefits Bill. The purpose of the Bill is to achieve full employment, by creating 2 million new jobs, 3 million new apprenticeships and ensuring it ‘pays to work’. Key points for families … Continue reading WHAT DOES THE QUEEN’S SPEECH MEAN FOR PARENTS ON BENEFIT AND IN EMPLOYMENT?

What will the new Government mean for Lone Parents?

At the very heart of the new Government's legislative package are a number of items that will affect lone parents. 30 hours a week free childcare for the three and four-year-old children of working parents arriving in 2017 will dramatically increase lone parent availability for work. Tax free childcare for working parents is  a first for the UK and will make it more … Continue reading What will the new Government mean for Lone Parents?