Over the past decade, single parents in the UK have been affected by benefit changes emphasising their obligations to be in employment. At the same time, cuts to benefits and services and an increasingly punitive policy approach have made it harder than ever for lone parents to juggle the demands of employment and childcare.
This one-day conference aims to bring academics with a research interest in lone parents together with representatives from government departments, think tanks and the voluntary sector. It will provide the opportunity to share current research, exchange ideas, and form new networks.
10.00 - Registration (Refreshments will be availble)
10.30-10.35 - Opening and welcome address
10.35-11.35 - Session 1 - Lone parents and the welfare state: the UK in international perspective
- Jonathan Bradshaw (York) and Antonia Keung (UNICEF), Family cash benefits and the risks of poverty in lone parent families: UK in comparative perspective
- Amanda Sheely (LSE), ‘Bad jobs’ and food insecurity among single mother households in the United States
11.35-12.00 - Tea/coffee break
12.00-13.00 - Session 2a Lone parents and recent welfare-to-work policies in the UK
Chair: Helen Kowalewska (Southampton)
- Sharon Wright (Glasgow) and Sarah Johnsen (Heriot-Watt), A tale of misguided premises and unintended outcomes?: lone parents and welfare conditionality in the UK
- Marcia Gibson, Oarabile Molaodi, Vittal Katikireddi, Ruth Dundas, Peter Craig (Glasgow), Evidence from systematic reviews and a natural experiment on the health impacts of welfare-to-work policies for lone parents
13.00-14.00 - Lunch
14.00-15.00 - Session 2b - Lone parents and recent welfare-to-work policies in the UK
Chair: Tina Haux (Kent)
- Silvia Soriano (Durham), Using an intersectional framework to explore lone mothers during economic recession and austerity
- Sarah Pearson (Sheffield Hallam), Colin Lindsay (Strathclyde), Elaine Batty (Sheffield Hallam), Anne Marie Cullen (Strathclyde) and Will Eadson (Sheffield Hallam), Co-producing employability services with lone parents: lessons from third-sector led services in Scotland
15.00-15.25 - Tea/coffee break
15.25-16.25 - Keynote speaker: Dalia Ben-Galim (Gingerbread)
16.25-16.30- Conclusions and evaluations
This event was co-organised by Helen Kowalewska, University of Southampton and Tina Haux, University of Kent.