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Claiming Income Support and other benefits

This factsheet gives details of the benefits and tax credits you can receive if you have a child under five and are not working, or work less than 16 hours a week. It explains what income support is and how to make a claim. There is also information on other financial help, such as tax credits for your children and help with housing costs.

If you do not qualify for income support or are not able to work because you are disabled or unwell, there is a list of other Gingerbread factsheets that you may find helpful at the end of this factsheet. For more advice contact the Gingerbread Single Parent Helpline on 0808 802 0925. Calls are free from landlines and most mobiles.

Note: If you have recently come to Great Britain, have limited right to be here, or are from the European Community, you may not have the right to claim the benefits set out in this factsheet. Get advice before claiming.

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