Single Parent Action Network
Empowering – Connecting – Campaigning


  • Tuesday, 08 July 2014 00:00
I’m often asked why a single parent organisation like SPAN delivers ESOL (English for speakers of Other Languages) classes. The answer is simple: there are many single parents who are desperate to improve their English language and literacy to get on in life. The Lawrence Hill area of Bristol, where…

Tougher New Rules for Single Parents who are Claiming Income Support

  • Friday, 25 April 2014 00:00
Since 2008 single parents have been encouraged to move into work.  When your child reaches five, and you are claiming out of work benefits, you are expected to become a jobseeker.  However, a new Government rule, introduced on the 28th April 2014, means greater pressure is put on single parents…

Low paid, low skilled work shouldn’t be the only option for single parents

  • Tuesday, 11 February 2014 00:00
Children growing up in single parent families are twice as likely to live in poverty than children growing up with two parents/guardians. The government has tried to address this problem by forcing single parents (9 out of 10 of whom are women) to seek work when their child turns five. However, the current…

Single Mother, but not alone.

  • Tuesday, 11 February 2014 00:00
I never planned to become a single mother. Despite what the media wants to make you believe, most people don’t. However, once you are, you want to be treated with the same respect as other mothers. You want your child to have the same opportunities as others and you want…