The financial circumstances of single mother led households and the increased risk of poverty and deprivation is well known. The Social Policy Research Centre identified certain population groups that consistently face higher than average risk of poverty and stated that, single people and lone parents encountered the highest threat. The separated living arrangements were a contrast between mothers and fathers with mothers experiencing greater financial hardship. Separation and marriage breakdown are both a cause and a contributor to problem debt and financial insecurity and that this occurred for mothers with adequate education and employment experience.
We point our finger to harsh national policy outcomes. Sole parent families have borne the brunt of harsh cuts in successive budgets. The findings of the ACOSS Poverty Report (2016) is disturbing but predictable. The report found that child poverty is on the rise with 731,300 children under the age of 15 (17.4% of all children) living below the poverty line whilst 40% of children raised in a sole parent family will live with poverty.
Child Poverty has increased despite 25 years of economic growth – indicating a failure in our policy settings.