Employment, Employability and Education

Single Parents, Employability & Employment

The Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017 sets statutory targets to reduce levels of child poverty that require the Scottish government to ensure fewer than 18% of children are living in poverty by 2023/24, with less than 10% in poverty by 2030.

Freeing low-income single parents from in-work poverty’s grip

This research, carried out by consultants Iffat Shahnaz and Talat Yaqoob as part of The Collective working with One Parent Families Scotland for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, finds that Scotland’s labour market is not working for single parents. The report outlines nine priority areas to support parents in the labour market.

Thriving, Not Just Surviving

Research carried out for OPFS, funded by Oxfam Scotland, shows that a new approach to employability for single parents, the majority of whom are women, is needed that puts access to good-quality, sustainable and rewarding employment at the heart of its design and operations.

Delivery of Social Security in Scotland - links with employability support programmes

Submission from OPFS to the Scottish Parliament Welfare Reform Committee concerning the future delivery of employment support, including a critique of the previous UK government Work Programme.

OPFS Briefing for MSP’s on the Devolution Of Employability Services

The devolution of employability services to Scotland is important because it offers opportunities to the Scottish Government to make changes which could actively support single parents to overcome some of the barriers they face.

Colleges and Lifelong Learning Policy Commission

OPFS submission to Glasgow City Council - Colleges and Lifelong Learning Policy Commission: Call for Evidence September 2016. OPFS submission which looks at the barriers to single parents participation in college learning, and recommendations on possible solutions to tackle these barriers.

Addressing child poverty through parental employment

See our full submission to the inquiry by the Scottish Parliament’s Social Justice and Social Security Committee.