Please help me out i really need some advice on this!

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    So Im nearly coming to the end of three years at uni studying for an Hons degree I have been applying for jobs and one of the charities have offered me an interview. Im over the moon as it is with a reputable charity and the options to progress further are huge BUT theres a little problem in the hours! At present, the position they can offer me is only 9hours. Now this is where Ive stumbled as according to all the online searches I have done then I won’t be entitled to any more help which I wasn`t planning on having to ask for but being a single parent to a child with learning difficulties puts me in a tricky position.

    I spoke to the recruitment officer earlier and he has said I may be entitled to universal credit or jobseekers allowance as this would be my only job would anyone be able to offer any further advice or information here the interview is next Wednesday and it would be perfect for me.

    Please help me out here guys I`m not very clued up on the benefits system and without a little more help then will have to refuse a job I have worked my butt off to get!!

    #21973 Report


    Hello Newbutterfly, hope you are well and first things first….Congratulations!

    I think your first port of call would be to check out the universal credit system, I don’t really know much about it, but what I have learned is that they somehow make up your money to a living wage covering certain things like rent, childcare and other things. You would have to read for yourself as I’m not sure about what is available.

    It’s a start :

    Happy Friday night!

    #21975 Report



    I would use the online benefit checker on here which is really useful as a starting point and maybe make an appointment at citizens advice if still unsure.  I would suspect you would be entitled to something.

    Good luck for your interview, i used to work for a charity and loved it.  🙂

    #21977 Report


    Thank you both I looked at the universal credit website and it seems I may be entitled but when I did a self-assessment check on here it told me no! I guess a call to citizens advice is needed Monday morning.

    Why do they make this all so flipping complicated no wonder people get stressed and confused over it but on the other hand I guess we’re lucky we have it to fall back on.

    And Thanks both for the good wishes.

    Have a Great Weekend!

    #21980 Report


    Hey stick with it and we want to hear the good news next week that you have your job – it’s in the bag 🙂

    #22050 Report

    Hi there

    Don’t forget that at Gingerbread we have the single parent advice and helpline.  The number is 0808 802 0925.  Opening hours are: Mon 10 – 6, Tues 10-4, Wed 10 – 1 and 5 – 7, Thurs 10 – 4, Fri 10 – 4

    Thanks Justine


    #22264 Report


    Well I thought I should update this post and let you know I’VE GOT THE JOB!! And I’ve been lucky enough to get me an 18hour contract! 🙃🙂🙃

    Thank you Justine for the number I will save this to my contacts and thanks to you all for your help and encouraging words I’m so excited.

    #22271 Report


    Hey Newbutterfly, excellent news and well done you and I we all new it was in the bag. Thank you for taking the time for letting us know and stay in touch with your new venture, one step at a time…one step at a time 🙂

    #22311 Report


    I work 21 hours (3 days) and my girl is at school . I pay nanny to look after her when she comes from  school .

    It’s the best thing going out to work & llberating to provide for your kids.. as for me I get dressed  up,. looka bit glam and meet people . It’s so lonely being a single mum. I went back to work when my girl was 10 months .  My girl got diagnosed with autism 2 years ago and she can wake up 3am and not go back to bed. It does not stop me from .working . I am proud to be in a job!

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