Work and relationships over time in lone-mother families

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Millar, Jane; Ridge, Tess
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Date of publication
13 July 2017
Families, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Employment, Children and Young People
Social welfare
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This research provides new evidence on what it means for families to have a lone-mother who is employed, managing work and family life, often on a low income, for long periods of time.

With data drawn from in-depth interviews with lone-mothers and their children over a period of 14 to 15 years, the report looks at:

  • Experiences of lone mothers trying to sustain work over time.The importance of family relationships in enabling and supporting lone mothers in work.
  • The experience and contribution of children in helping their mothers to manage.
  • The challenging transitions for young people when moving away from the parental home and into work.
  • The importance of state support for the mothers, but the reduced support available to the young people.
  • The difficulties in finding security over time.

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