Single Parent Assembly 2017

Single Parent Assembly 2017

Have Your Say, Share Your Voice!
With Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman MSP
Launch of “Single Parent Families, Sanctions & Family Wellbeing”

What’s been your experience of claiming benefits?
Single parents are still more likely to be unfairly sanctioned than others. When formally challenged, 62% of their sanctions are overturned. What’s the impact of being referred for a sanction, or having a sanction imposed for child and family wellbeing?

Scotland’s New Social Security System
Have your say, shape what happens next.
Scottish Government will control some benefits which have been the responsibility of the DWP. They want to work with single parents and others who have experience of benefits, to help design a new social security system.

Date and time:
Wednesday 26th April 2017
Registration: 09:30 am
Start time: 10.00 am – 13:30 pm

Lunch will be provided

Trades Hall of Glasgow
85 Glassford Street
Merchant City
Glasgow, G1 1UH


Book your place:

Call freephone: 0808 801 0323 or email to register.

Single Parent Assembly Leaflet

See: Single Parent Assembly Flier

Posted in Campaigning, News, Upcoming Events, Welfare Reform.

2 Responses to Single Parent Assembly 2017

  1. D S Crerar says:

    When you are a single parent, even the threat of being sanctioned is terrifying for your family whom you are solely responsible for. If you are sanctioned your abilities to be able to provide food, shelter and security for your family is threatened even if it is for 2 weeks or 4 weeks or any length of time.

    Withdrawal of benefits sets of a chain of events such as stopping council tax benefit from and stopping any help with rent or mortgage interest payments. This then stops you being able to pay direct debits through your bank. This then affects your credit rating. It spirals on and on outwith your control. There is a very real threat that you will not be able to support your family and you have to think about who or where you can turn to if anywhere at all for help to survive the sanction period.

    Your child or children are penalised unfairly to them for being part of your family when you are sanctioned. Your family will learn to understand what the threat of your parent being sanctioned means. Your family may witness their parent under extreme pressure and this could have potential repercussions for their emotional and physical well being. Every time I sign on for jobseekers allowance I feel pressure to perform to avoid being sanctioned. As a person with long term mental health issues this is very hard to bear.

    • Thanks for your comments Debra, I hope you come along to the event and find it useful. If you need advice in the meantime, please call the lone parent helpline on 0808 801 0323 or see our factsheets for more information.

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