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    Tony O

    Hello, I’m a single father of four children, two boys and two girls aged 13, 11, 9, and 6. My eldest has ADHD and has been removed from his high school.

    Their mother was physically and verbally abusive towards them and left the family home 19 months ago. She has a disability and I was her carer.

    I have health problems of my own including Psoriatic Arthritis, Migraines, Depression, Anxiety and Insomnia.

    I have been sending in sick notes but after a capability for work assessment they have told me I am able to work.

    So my question is if I get sanctioned will that sanction be on just my part of the universal credit claim or will it be on the whole claim including the child element?




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    You have to be actively looking for work, doesn’t mean that you’ll actually get a job. No idea what you might get sanctioned but by applying for jobs and completing and meeting their terms should mean you avoid getting sanctioned. The good thing about UC is you can work as little as 1 hour one week or 40 hours the next it doesn’t affect the total UC entitlement but if you do earn over a certain amount they deduct 65p in the £ off your UC payment. It is calculated on what you get paid in that period, it works for me anyway.

    They supposedly try to get you to get a better job if you are earning too little in their eyes but that certainly did not happen to me and as my earnings increased UC simply reduced but the entitlement remains the same.

    Ask yourself in your state of health, in your situation how many employers will be offering you a job? Not being mean just realistic from what you wrote. But for a couple of  hours applying for jobs a week you will still get your  full UC – as I said play the game!

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    Chrissie Butler

    hiya hope all is ok

    have you looked in to getting




    looking in turn2us webside they have a number also 0808 802 2000. They will ask you info and then tell you what you can get.


    hope this all makes sence

    good luck

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    UC place a sanction on the individual element which I assume yours is £411 or there abouts but you can apply for additional support whilst under a sanction if it mean it will affect you determinately contact your Local Authority, Gingerbread and Citizens Advice to seek further guidance.

    #57426 Report


    Unfortunately you would not be able to apply for DLA as that’s now generally for under 16s and PIP is what over 16s are able to claim provided the meet the relevant criteria.


    Your work coach has to be reasonable in regards to what they expect you to do and make sure you just express your mental health etc as they have work coaches I believe to support “Vulnerable” claimants, I also recommend you don’t sign a commitment to something you don’t believe you can reasonably do.

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    Gingerbread Alex

    Hi Tony O,

    You may also wish to give the Gingebread Single Parent Helpline a call for advice on your circumstances.

    Gingerbread Single Parent Helpline – Freephone 0808 802 0925

    Opening hours: Mon 10-6, Tues 10-4, Weds 10-1 and 5-7, Thurs 10-4, Fri 10-4. They do get busy so callers will usually have a wait before the call is answered.

    Best wishes,


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    Have you applied for dla for your son.

    If they are reaching the needs for the medium care element or higher care element you can claim carers allowance. Caring for a disabled child automatically entitles you to be entitled to uc if they are under 16 and meet the criteria for needing extra support. Without knowing too much if his emotional support needs are so he has been kicked out of school he needs a lot more support than the average child. Just as an extra thought as you would be trying to find work around a child who needs 1:1 care due to his disability.


    Just a thought. You need to speak to a benefits advisor really about the whole family circumstances

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