Single Parent Action Network
Empowering – Connecting – Campaigning

Publications & policy papers


SPAN's response to call for evidence for the Independent review of Jobseeker's Allowance sanctions 10 January 2014
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Report about the experience of single parents on the Work Programme. We think that there needs to a clearer and fairer sanctions regime, more specialist lone parent advisers, funds for training and childcare. June 2013
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Submission to the Department of Work and Pensions: "improving the way sanction statistics are kept on job seeking single parents". January 2013
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Evaluation report for the ESOL in Schools Programme: "If you can speak English you can do anything". April 2013
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Parliamentary Briefing on The Children & Families Bill 2013
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Evidence to the Work and Pensions Committee for their Inquiry about different users groups on the Work Programme, particularly looking at the experience of single parents and their children. 2013
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A Longitudinal Qualitative Study of the Journeys of Single Parents on Job Seekers Allowance. 15th May 2012
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Is the Work programme Working for Single Parents? Analysis of single parents experiences of the Work Programme. March 2012
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Listening to Women's Voices - what really matters. The report of a project funded by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.
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'Modern Workplaces' Response to the consultation August 2011 
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'Tackling Child Poverty and Improving Life Chances: Consulting on a New Approach' Response to the consultation February 2011
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'Skills Conditionality Consultation' SPAN's response February 2011
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Lone mothers of mixed racial and ethnic children. SPAN together with Chamion Caballero of London Southbank University have recently collaborated to produce this report.
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'Welfare Reform. 21st Century Welfare' SPAN's response November 2010

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SPAN's response to the Equality Duty – Specific duties proposal Public Sector Duties Nov 2010
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'The Osborne Spending Review' SPAN's response October 2010

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SPAN's response to Government proposals for the Work Programme Sept 2010
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SPAN's reaction to George Osborne Emergency budget. 2010
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SPAN's briefings on Welfare Reform Bill in 2009

> Download Briefing for House of Lords Report Stage. Oct 2009

> Download Briefing for House of Lords Committee Stage. Jun 2009

> Download Briefing for MPs. Feb 2009

'Empowering Family Self-help Groups' External Evaluation of Capacity Builders funded project.
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Flexible, part-time work: SPAN's Parliamentary and Policy Officer's article. Wanted: Organisation prepared to advertise openly for flexible workers.
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Single parent families in the 21st century: paper for a conference in Switzerland. The State and Single Parent Families.
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SPAN's submission to Dr Freud's Review. 2008
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Independant Review on Personalized Conditionality in the Welfare System SPAN's submission. Oct 2008
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Government proposals for welfare reform in 2008Response to the Green Paper "No-one written off" SPAN's response (Jul 08 Cm 7363) Oct 2008
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The Equality Bill: All public bodies have had a duty to promote gender equality. For single parents who face particular disadvantage this can be a valuable tool in pushing public bodies to address their needs. SPAN's response to the consultation:
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Proofed for Parents by Parents: The Toolkit draws on the findings of SPAN's One Parent Proofing research project and presents a practical resource for initiatives
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Proofed for Parents by Parents: Findings. Report on the findings of SPAN's Participatory One Parent Proofing (POPP) Project. The realities of being a single parent, the challenges involved in moving forward into sustainable employment and the related policy suggestions
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Family Diversity – A Guide for Teachers - a useful tool to help address the complex realities of the changing family situations affecting their pupils.
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'Integrating Children's Perspectives in Policy-making to Combat the Poverty and Social Exclusion Experienced by Single Parent Families: a Transnational Comparative Approach' Report on the project 2007
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