Too many single mothers struggle to make ends meet

    More than half of the estimated 1.75 million lone parents in the
    UK are living in poverty and nine out of 10 are women, according to
    research collated by the Prince’s Trust, writes
    Clare Jerrom.

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    In the lead up to Mother’s Day, the charity warns that too
    many women are struggling to make ends meet and highlights that
    many are held back by a lack of qualifications, training and
    affordable childcare.

    “While the majority of single mothers want to work when
    they are able to, developing skills, confidence or getting work
    continues to be a struggle,” said Leslie Morphy, director of
    programmes and policy at The Prince’s Trust.

    The Trust recently launched its ‘Working Women’
    campaign which aims to raise £2 million to support
    disadvantaged young women. The money will go towards helping young
    mothers with childcare costs and support young women starting their
    own businesses.

    They will also provide training for mentors to help young women
    leaving care, ensure young women in prison learn appropriate skills
    and help young females from different faith communities.

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