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Lone Parents: Employment

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what evidence his Department has collected on the barriers to work for lone parents with children aged over 11. (126364)

A large majority of lone parents say that they want to work. We want to provide lone parents with the help and support to enable them to do so. We understand that in order to do this we need to address the barriers that lone parents face in returning to work. The Department collects a range of evidence on the choices and constraints faced by lone parents in making decisions about paid work. Many of these have also been raised in two independent reviews by Lisa Marker and David Freud. We will need to consider these reports carefully before we move ahead.