19 August 2020 at 1:40 pm #43046
My partner of 11 years has just left me for someone else he met at work. We have 2 children and im 23 weeks pregnant with baby no 3. We are in a private rented house and i have no idea where to start and who to contact first. Im only part time so i cant afford the rent on what i get. What is the best way to go about things? Thank you.19 August 2020 at 1:52 pm #43047
Job centre, apply for Universal Credit. Tomorrow. It will take time so you will need an advance, apply for it, too. Contact your family and friends to build up a support network. If you can, get someone, sister, mother, brother, father, friend into your house for a few days or weeks. Thats a start.19 August 2020 at 3:26 pm #43050
Straight to CMS, he’s obliged to support his children.
Do you have all the benefits you can claim, child benefit etc?19 August 2020 at 3:46 pm #43051
Atm im not claiming anything. I get a part time wage from work and will be going onto maternity pay soon. I also gey child benefit but thats all i get.19 August 2020 at 6:12 pm #43056
Your ex has a legal obligation to pay child maintenance. You can ask them to take your case up for a fee of £20. It’s a one off cost and will last until your kids leave education.
The child maintenance claim will start from the moment you contact them.
Re tax credits, can anyone else tell you if you’re entitled to claim or call them?
There is a charity, I think it’s called Turn2us? They might help?
Please take care of yourself and all your little ones and let us know how you get on.
There’s lots of support here for you.
God bless xx19 August 2020 at 10:56 pm #43060
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I would speak to the council housing association and explain your circumstance and that you are living in a rented property, which is now under threat due to the abandoment of your partner you are pregnant and really need there help and advice. They should be able to tell you what you are entitled too and hopefully help you apply.
You can get single council tax allowance, a reduced rate on water.
Also look into healthy start vouchers, which your midwife might be able to help you with to enable you to get money off food and milk.
Thinking of you and hope you get the support you need.20 August 2020 at 12:38 am #43061
All tax credit and benefit have been merged into Universal Credit. This is your only chance to get your pay stacked up, depending on how much you make. It includes rent. Your income will be deducted from the payment. It takes appx. six weeks to be paid and you can apply for an advance. It should cover your basic needs and you apply online via gov.uk.uc as of corona there are no face to face sessions at the job centre at the moment. I do some volunteering at our local foodbank so know what is going on. Council tax reduction for single adult at your local council needs to be applied for separately, does not come with UC. You can get 100% council tax reduction if you get UC. And all payments only from day of application, means the longer you wait, the lesser money. CMD is a hassle and after six months my ex not paying for our children I put some pressure on her through her employer. Worked wonders and the money came every month ever since. Child benefit is coming anyway to you, so nothing there. But you need to apply for UC now. Today. Do not wait.