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Benefits

There have been such great changes in the way benefits are administered that it is difficult to write enough guides and articles to keep you informed.

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  • Job Seeking Single Parents: how to avoid being sanctioned

    Job Seeking Single Parents: how to avoid being sanctioned

    Background From our research we know that single parents can be confused about what is expected from them as a job seeker, including the actively seeking work requirements and the subsequent threat of financial sanctions. … Read more

  • All you need to know about Job Seekers Allowance

    All you need to know about Job Seekers Allowance

    Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance? Income Support is a benefit for people who have limited capability to work, for example if you are more than 29 weeks pregnant with no maternity pay or… Read more

  • Financial Support for Single Parents

    Financial Support for Single Parents

    Many people are not aware of all the benefits and support they are able to apply for. Some are available to all single parents. Others are dependent on income and other circumstances. Working Tax… Read more

  • Single parents still under attack

    Single parents still under attack

    In 2014, Single Parent Action Network began a campaign about the threatening calls and letters being received by single parents from Concentrix, a US company working on behalf of HMRC, the UK Tax Agency.… Read more

  • Benefits available for single parents going back to work

    Benefits available for single parents going back to work

    Your benefits will not necessarily stop when you go back to work. See below for what you may be entitled to: When you work less than 16 hours per week You will still get… Read more

  • Claim JSA

    Claim JSA

    If you are a single parent and your youngest child is 5 years of age or over, you are now expected to be job seeker as a condition of being on welfare benefits. If… Read more

  • Child Benefit

    Child Benefit

    You can claim Child Benefit if: You are responsible for a child/children under 16 years old You are responsible for a child/children over 16 who continues into full time education/training Only one person can claim… Read more

  • Income Support

    Income Support

    To qualify for Income Support you must be all of the following: between 16 and Pension Credit qualifying age. pregnant, or a carer, or a lone parent with a child under 5 or, in… Read more

  • Child Tax Credit

    Child Tax Credit

    You could get Child Tax Credit for each child you’re responsible for if they’re: Under 16 - you can claim up until the 31st August after their 16th birthday. Under 20 - if they’re… Read more

  • What is Universal Credit?

    What is Universal Credit?

    Universal Credit is the new benefit that is replacing a range of previous benefits. At present. it is only running in certain areas of the UK, but it is being rolled out across the… Read more

  • Prepare for Work after Youngest turns 12 Months Old

    Prepare for Work after Youngest turns 12 Months Old

    When your child reaches 5 years old and you are claiming out-of-work benefits, you are expected to become a jobseeker. However, a new Government rule, introduced on the 28th April 2014, means greater pressure… Read more

  • Jobseeking or Work Programme over School Holidays

    Jobseeking or Work Programme over School Holidays

    During the holidays unless you have arranged a postal signing (which is an option but it is at your Jobcentre Advisers discretion) you will still need to go into the Jobcentre to sign on… Read more