By Max Clarke

Higher taxes and rising prices will see single mothers’ net annual income drop by 8.5%- effectively taking out a month’s pay each year.

This is according to a report carried out by the Institute for Fiscal Studies on behalf of gender rights campaign group, the Fawcett Society, entitled 'Single Mothers: Singled Out - the impact of 2010-15 tax and benefit changes on women and men'.

“Some of the least well off in our society are being forced to act as shock absorbers for the cuts, with women — in particular single mothers - faring worse,” said Fawcett Society chief, Anna Bird.

“This puts paid to the idea that the government can’t anticipate or predict the impact of its fiscal policies on different demographic groups. Had the Treasury been doing this research in the first place, single mothers might now not be facing a situation where they can’t afford childcare and so can’t work, and where some of the poorest women in our society are right now getting poorer.”

Bird concluded, “A year on from the Coalition Government’s first budget, we call on the Chancellor to adopt this analysis in future budgets to allow for fairer and more transparent decision-making. The government should also review welfare, employment and childcare policy, so that lone mothers do not shoulder more than their fair share of cuts.”

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