Research and analysis

Lone Parent Obligations: work, childcare and the Jobseeker’s Allowance regime (RR782)

Findings from research with lone parents who made a claim for Jobseeker's Allowance, following changes to the income support regime in 2010.

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Lone Parent Obligations: work, childcare and the Jobseeker’s Allowance regime

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Summary of research report

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by Pippa Lane, Jo Casebourne, Lorraine Lanceley and Malen Davies

Lone Parent Obligations were introduced in November 2008. Since then, based on the age of their youngest child, lone parents have lost their entitlement to income support solely on the grounds of being a lone parent. From October 2010, the age of the youngest child was lowered to 7 and over.

This report presents findings from qualitative research with lone parents who made a claim for Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) either as a new or repeat claimant, or following the transition from income support, when their youngest child was 7.

Sixty depth interviews were carried out with lone parents in 3 case study areas during June and July 2011. The interviews explored issues such as work readiness, childcare, claiming JSA, looking for work and any experience of moving into work. The research was carried out by the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (Inclusion).