Lone dad and mom throughout the UK have seen the most important rise in employment of any group of individuals, official figures present.
For the primary time ever, two-thirds of single dad and mom had been in work between April and June 2016, the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics (ONS) mentioned.
The figures additionally present that the variety of households the place nobody works has fallen to three.1 million, the bottom quantity recorded within the final 20 years.
The federal government mentioned welfare reforms had given individuals an incentive to work.
Nevertheless, single-parent teams mentioned many working people had been nonetheless in poverty and nonetheless struggling to assist their households.
A document variety of households – 17.6 million – now have at the least one grownup with a job, whereas the variety of youngsters dwelling in workless households can be at a document low.
Within the second quarter of 2016, 66.5% of lone dad and mom had been in work, an increase of two% on a yr in the past.
Ten years in the past, 56% of single dad and mom had a job; 20 years in the past, it was simply 44%.
Gingerbread, the organisation that helps single dad and mom, welcomed the rise in employment.
“Nevertheless, we all know that most of the single dad and mom behind these statistics are struggling to supply for his or her households with low-paid, insecure work,” mentioned Fiona Weir, Gingerbread’s chief govt.
“Greater than a 3rd of single dad and mom in part-time work and a fifth of these working full-time are nonetheless in poverty,” she mentioned.
Unemployment charges have been falling amongst all teams of individuals since December 2011.
Since 2008, extra single dad and mom have needed to show they’re searching for work with the intention to qualify for advantages.
These with youngsters underneath the age of 12 used to don’t have any such requirement; now all lone dad and mom with youngsters over the age of 5 have to point out they’re actively trying.
The federal government additionally pointed to wider modifications within the welfare system, which it says have inspired extra individuals to return to work.
, and single dad and mom with youngsters, can solely obtain a most of £26,000 a yr in advantages, underneath the so-called Profit Cap.
Single individuals can obtain as much as £18,200.
“Welfare reforms just like the Profit Cap and Common Credit score are giving individuals clear incentives to maneuver off advantages and into work to allow them to present a brighter future for themselves and their households,” mentioned employment minister Damian Hinds.