United Kingdom - Increase of zero-hours contracts - February 28, 2018
NGO Gingerbread, working with single parent families, published a report that profiles single parents and assesses how life has changed for the one in four families headed by a single parent in the UK. While progress has been made over the past 100 years to improve the lives of single parent families, from the abolition of the workhouse in 1930 to the repeal of the Bastardy Acts in 1987, the report finds that many single parents are still locked out of a decent standard of living. Single parent employment rates are at a record high and still, a third of children with a working single parent today living in poverty. One of the striking findings is that the number of single parents on zero-hours contracts has increased tenfold over the past ten years, with over 40,000 single parents employed this way – over 3% of employed single parents.
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