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Claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and other benefits

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This factsheet gives details of the financial support you can get if you are a single parent and you are not working, or are working less than 16 hours a week. It explains how the age of your children affects whether you can claim income support or jobseeker’s allowance, and what other benefits you may be entitled to, such as tax credits and help with housing costs.

There is a list of other Gingerbread factsheets that you may find helpful at the end of this factsheet. Further advice on all of the topics covered is available from the Gingerbread Single Parent Helpline. Calls are free from landlines and most mobiles. The information in this factsheet is correct as of April 2014.

Note: If you have recently come to the United Kingdom, have limited right to be here, or are from the European Union, you may not have the right to claim the benefits set out in this factsheet. Get advice before making a claim.

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