I lost my job during the pandemic due to school closures and a unhappy boss. I continued to homeschool because my daughter is susceptible to chest infections and it wasn’t worth taking the risk of her getting covid. I was fine for money for a while but now I’m running out. I was getting CTC but was told to claim UC as I’d get extra and be better off. I didn’t realise I was under the obligation to look for work. I thought I’d get the child element of UC regardless like CTC, now I’m unable to claim nothing and the work coach I had wouldn’t listen to my situation and said I’d have to close my claim and I am not entitled to the child element unless I look for work. Is this correct. I can’t go back on CTC either.
That’s my understanding that you have to be looking for employment. I home educate my 3 kids, work part time residentially as a support worker and get universal credit. There are loads of options if you can think creatively, self employment working from home? Remote jobs in the eve/mornings. I mean it does assume you have endless amounts of energy which I know I don’t! I wish the government could see how much money I am saving them by home educating my child instead of costing them!
Thank you for posting on the forum, I’m Carmen, one of the moderators here. I can recommend that you call our single parent helpline. The advisers will be able to talk you through what’s happening now and will be able to help you to explore your options. It may take a little while to get through so please be patient. Here are their details:
• Gingerbread Single Parent Helpline – Freephone 0808 802 0925
Opening hours: Mon 10 – 6, Tues 10- 4, Wed 10 – 1 & 5 – 7, Thurs 10 – 4, Fri 10 – 4 They can be busy so callers can expect to wait up to 20 minutes before the call is answered
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