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    Hello all I’ve just joined this group. A part of my situation is that I’ve been a single parent for just over a year now. My ex partner of 23 years and the father of our 3 children, has not helped financially in any way since he left. He states that he will give some money when he is working. He is self employed and chooses not to work. He lives with his mum and has no outgoings. The children live with me 100% of the time.
    I have tried to explain to him that some money now and again isn’t helpful but he feels he has offered something so that’s that. He’s never given me an amount or how often. I am claiming topup benefits as I’m on a low income. I’m worried about claiming because I feel the powers that be will say that he should be assisting and stop my benefits. Up until 4 months ago he had been claiming the child benefit and wouldn’t even give that back. Not sure what to do.

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