SINGLE fathers are being asked to tell a Holyrood committee about their experiences as it launches an inquiry on the subject.

The Equal Opportunities Committee wants to know about the practical, social and financial challenges facing single fathers across Scotland.

It has issued a call for evidence from single fathers or those with shared custody of children.

There are almost 30,000 lone fathers with dependent and non-dependent children in Scotland, according to official statistics.

The committee, headed by MSP Margaret McCulloch, wants to know about any specific day-to-day issues, such as access to children, support services or financial assistance.