Author J K Rowling has said that she is more proud of her time as a single mother than any other part of her life and called on politicians to do more to support struggling single parents to get back in to work.
Writing for Gingerbread, a charity which supports single parents that she is a patron of, she said finds: "the language of ‘skivers versus strivers’ particularly offensive when it comes to single parents."
Rowling wrote: "I would say to any single parent currently feeling the weight of stereotype or stigmatization that I am prouder of my years as a single mother than of any other part of my life.
"Yes, I got off benefits and wrote the first four Harry Potter books as a single mother, but nothing makes me prouder than what Jessica told me recently about the first five years of her life: ‘I never knew we were poor. I just remember being happy.’"
Rowling became a single parent on benefits after her marriage ended after the birth of her first daughter Jessica and she struggled to find work after returning to the UK from Portugal.