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Insights into housing for non-resident parents published by Commonweal Housing

last modified Jun 15, 2020 02:33 PM
CCHPR's research for Commonweal Housing into housing for non-resident parents exposes social injustice faced by children, where maintaining a relationship with both parents after separation may be a privilege linked to income.

Our research showed that restrictions around shared accommodation for non-resident parents are negatively impacting their ability to parent their children. This is further exacerbated by a benefits system which fails to recognise the complex challenges faced by many non-resident parents with shared carer responsibilities, meaning the children of non-resident parents often live in much poorer households.

Ashley Horsey, Chief Executive, Commonweal Housing said that the research by CCHPR has 'highlighted a clear social injustice faced not only by non-resident parents but also their children. With measures of child poverty narrowly focusing on a child's resident parent, the research exposes the reality that many children are spending time in a poorer-quality living environment, in cramped conditions with a lack of privacy'. 

Commonweal Housing strive to solve social injustice through focused housing solutions and hope that the learning from this research will lead to improved housing solutions for non-resident parents and their children.

To learn more about the findings of the research, download the full report or the executive summary from our website.