Lone Parents, Health and Work

Casebourne J, Britton L, Morrin M | Research Report DWPRR 214 | Department for Work and Pensions | Jul 2004

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This report brings together two pieces of qualitative research examining the impact of health problems on lone parents' decisions about work. In 2003 and 2004, 112 interviews and six focus groups were carried out with lone parents.

The research examines the complex relationship between health and work for lone parents and determines whether there is more that can be done to support lone parents with health problems and, in particular, to help them enter the labour market.

The findings identified by this research present a number of important implications for policy, strategy and delivery.