This Government discussion paper "Proposals for Supporting Lone Parents" was commissioned by the Cabinet Committee on Social Inclusion as part of the Ending Child Poverty Initiative under Sustaining Progress.
Research has shown that children of lone parents are one of the major groups at risk of child poverty. This report presents a review of the issues facing lone parents. It sets out the supports in place and the barriers to achieving economic independence. It seeks to tackle the relatively high risk of poverty and social exclusion faced by many such families and their children.
The objective of the report is that its proposed reforms and recommendations will form part of a co-ordinated strategy to address problems faced by lone parents.
This publication contains two strands of work by expert working groups that was conducted under the auspices of the Cabinet Committee. The first is a review of obstacles to employment for lone parents carried out by the Senior Officials Group on Social Inclusion, chaired by the Department of the Taoiseach. The second is a review of income support arrangements for lone parents carried out within the Department of Social and Family Affairs.
Tackling child poverty is a key objective under Sustaining Progress, the National Action Plan against Poverty and Social Exclusion and the National Children’s Strategy.