Single Parent Families APPG

First Registered: 31/01/2018 • Last updated on: 06/10/2021

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To collaborate across the political spectrum to campaign against legislative loopholes that disadvantage single parents, and for positive representation of a category which is increasingly common yet still all too often stigmatised.

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Recent Documents related to Single Parent Families

1. End the young parent penalty
10/06/2021 - Early Day Motions

Found: million single parents across the UK, with nearly half of all children in single parent families living

2. Grant single parents with an extra household tax allowance.
12/05/2021 - Petitions

Found: for single working parent families UK wide and irrespective of their tax band. Currently a single parent

3. Gingerbread - written evidence
10/10/2018 - Inquiry: Benefit cap - Work and Pensions Committee
- View source

Found: ad is the leading charity working with single parent families. We campaign against poverty, disadvantage

4. Gingerbread - written evidence
03/07/2019 - Inquiry: School holiday poverty - Work and Pensions Committee
- View source

Found: charity working with single parent families.  Gingerbread hears directly from single parents about their

5. Brighton and Hove City Council - written evidence
10/10/2018 - Inquiry: Benefit cap - Work and Pensions Committee
- View source

Found: static.  There is a need to engage and support new families who will continue to come into and then successfully

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Single Parent Families

1. Covid-19: Child Maintenance Service
21/01/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: of calls from across the Chamber, from One Parent Families Scotland and from Gingerbread, it is still - Speech Link

2. Child Maintenance Service
24/06/2021 - Grand Committee

1: estimated third of all children grow up in separated families. In December 2020, the Department for Work and - Speech Link
2: was the arrears of the CSA following the paying parent. It took a long time to get around that problem - Speech Link
3: health. Unclear or unfair systems of support for families cause such tension. We need to ensure child-friendly - Speech Link

3. Low-income Families: Benefits Freeze
13/01/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: assessment they have made of the impact on low-income families of the four-year freeze in working age and children’s - Speech Link
2: which are, on average, nearly £400 this year for families with children. Those losses have contributed to - Speech Link
3: poverty and family breakdown, obviously there are families who have great difficulty fiscally, and we have - Speech Link

4. Family Law
11/06/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: maintenance from universal credit, if the paying parent has no income from employment. The new regulations - Speech Link
2: and charges—20% for the paying parent and 4% for the receiving parent—are set by the Child Maintenance - Speech Link
3: children. Child maintenance payments can be vital to families—especially those on low incomes—and to protecting - Speech Link

5. Child Maintenance Service
23/07/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: for an abusive paying parent to perpetuate their control over the receiving parent, thereby continuing - Speech Link
2: Pensions’ financial investigations unit that the paying parent did have additional unreported income, yet my constituent’s - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Single Parent Families
1. Families
asked by: Fiona Bruce
... what that allocation has been spent on.

2. Families
asked by: Tulip Siddiq
... what progress he has made on integrating family hubs with the Troubled Families Programme.

3. Families
asked by: Fiona Bruce
... what steps his Department is taking to support and promote stable and secure family life to ensure that children have the best start.

4. Families
asked by: Fiona Bruce
... what steps his Department is taking to strengthen families.

5. Families
asked by: Lord Farmer
... and (2) what support that minister will receive.

Latest Questions
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8 Current APPG Officers
Peter Bottomley Portrait
Peter Bottomley
Conservative - Worthing West
Joined: 2nd June 2021
69 APPG Memberships
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Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Dr Rupa Huq MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 6865.



Gingerbread acts as the group's secretariat.

Benefits in Kind
6 Feb 2021
Secretariat   From : 06/02/2021 To : 05/02/2022
3 Jul 2019
River Island

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Single Parent Families APPG

Former APPG Officers
Caroline Nokes Portrait
Caroline Nokes
Vice Chair
Conservative - Romsey and Southampton North
Joined: 24th February 2020
Departed: 21st April 2021
Jamie Stone Portrait
Jamie Stone
Liberal Democrat - Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Joined: 24th February 2020
Departed: 21st April 2021
Andrew Bowie Portrait
Andrew Bowie
Conservative - West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
Joined: 24th February 2020
Departed: 21st April 2021
Paul Masterton Portrait
Paul Masterton
Conservative - Former Member for East Renfrewshire
Joined: 31st January 2018
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Stephen Lloyd Portrait
Stephen Lloyd
Vice Chair
Liberal Democrat - Former Member for Eastbourne
Joined: 31st January 2018
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships