Story of a Single UK Parent: Samuel’s Story

It’s 6 am, and Samuel is already getting his sons ready for school. He calls them dressed and fed before walking them to the bus stop. He then heads to the Jobcentre to sign on for his benefits. It’s a long wait in line, but he is finally seen and given his weekly money.

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On the way home, he stops by the grocery store to buy some food for the week. He can only afford basic items like bread and milk, so there won’t be any treats this week.

Back home, he starts lunch for the boys while they do their homework. He then cleans the flat, making it as presentable as possible on a tight budget.

It’s now 4 pm, and the boys are home from school. They’re both hungry, so Samuel quickly whips up some pasta.

After dinner, he helps them with their bathtime routine and prepares them for bed.

Finally, at 10 pm, he can relax for a bit before going to bed himself. It’s been a long day, but he knows tomorrow will be another one, just like it.


He is an example of the UK’s struggling single dads who are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet. With little government support and rising living costs, they are working to provide for their families.

According to a Single Parent Action Network report, single parents are more likely to experience poverty, mental health problems and housing insecurity.

If you are a single parent struggling to make ends meet, please seek help from organisations like SPAN UK, which can offer support and advice. You are not alone.

If you are a struggling parent, we want to hear from you. Tell us your story in the comments below.

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