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    Hi, I’m new to this forum and really need help and advice.

    So my son of 12 lost his mum the cancer Feb last year, it was agreed that he would live with his step dad and sister going forward. Things did not work out so 8 weeks ago we moved him in with me and my partner.

    Long story – short. In the meantime I’ve been made redundant, can’t get a job as there simply isn’t any about and even if I could couldn’t take it because I have to be at home for my son, home school him etc…

    Now to too it off, my partner has decided bits not working and when things with covid-19 clear wants us to sell our house and separate.

    So my question is really. What help can I expect from the government and would I be able to rent somewhere and survive indefinitely until I can get back on my feet? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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    Gingerbread Dan

    Hi Mangodays, You can call Gingerbread’s free helpline, where our expert advisers can offer advice on a range of issues. The number is 0808 802 0925 and the opening hours are: Monday 10am-6pm, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 10am-4pm, Wednesday 10am-1pm & 5pm-7pm.

    Kind regards,

    Gingerbread Dan

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    Hi Dan,

    I’ve tried your line a few times and can never get through. My relationship with my partner has now broken down to the extent we are talking about splitting up.  That will leave me and my son basically on the street as own a house together and I am unemployed at the moment. I really need advice and support as am feeling really depressed and stressed out. I really need to know what kind of support I can get – housing, benefits etc… As you are aware these are scary times, especially for my son who lost his mum last year to cancer.

    Do you have another number I can call or someone who could please call me back.

    Thank you


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    Hi david

    i went threw the same reguarding  the separating threw this thuff time. Ive not got my kids with me thought. I left the house and I’m currently in a homeless shelter. I got the number from a website for my local area. I’ll be housed her for 6 months at least, but with your son with you am sure they will fast step you towards temp accommodations.this being the worse case scenario, but am sure they’ll be other housing benefit options

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