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    Steve911
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    hello I am at present a single dad ,my son of 6 has just been presented to me .my wife it of foreig origin and trying to get a permant visa instead of tourist to join me in the uk , I’m ok with the situation but my job coach at jobseekers is putting so much pressure on me to find work which I am trying to do, but it is difficult with a young child .,just looking for advice really regarding job coach .

    stephen

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    If you’re now the single parent wouldn’t you be better signing off JSA and claiming the full child benefits? Must be around the same money, if not a bit more. Don’t see how you think you can work and look after your child as well. At best, you could work part-time during school hours – lots of single parents do that and often in jobs like supermarkets, etc, who are flexible like that. As long as you don’t earn too much you’d keep your benefits, it would be extra pocket money and keep you active.

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    Steve911
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    Hello thank you for your reply .i did not no I could do that . I’ve just contacted tax credits ,family benefit , they told me it can take up to 6 weeks or longer to sort out .

    #8809 Report

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    Can’t you keep signing on while it’s being sorted out? Or at least sort out a p-t job and by the time your claims go thru you’ll get it all backdated. Maybe your family can help out a bit in the meantime? The transition time might be tight, but it is only a transition. Do you own your own home? You could maybe take out a small loan on it (without penalties, from a bank not a shark) and pay it off when the money comes through. A kind of cheap bridging loan. What work did you used to do? I think if you discuss it with your job coach as what you want to do they ought to be only too glad to help. They are getting kicked by their boss on stats, and the longer you sign on, the harder they are going to be with you. If they know it’s going to end soon, they might be willing to point you in the direction of advice to make it work. If you keep your plans a secret they will just assume they have to keep giving you a hard time. I don’t know what your coach is like but they all want you off JSA asap.

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    Wanderer.
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    Hiya Steve.

    It’s common practise that single parents get alot of pressure from.the job centre about finding work.

    My best advice is only do part time hours, nothing more than 16 hrs or you be at loss.

    I was on income support but i stopped it cold turkey new years week because the pressure got so bad i was in hospital twice with severe chest pains and hooked on heart monitoring machine. Just want you to know you are not alone and i understand your situation.

    Citizen’s Advice are amazing help. Talk to them and ask what your rights are. They are very professional and non judgemental.

    Please do get us updated.

    Best Regards.

     

     

    #8812 Report

    Steve911
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    Hello all thank you for your comments and advice , I have been offered many jobs but needed uk security clearance . The problem was living outside the uk a few years , could not get it ( even wrote to my MP ) the job center did nothing to help .

     

    #8817 Report

    Steve911
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    Hello again regarding coming off j s a and claiming full child benefit ,can I do that .

    kind regards

    #8833 Report

    Sherinam
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    I work 3 days in office and half day from home. .my little one will be going to reception in September.  I get help with the nursery fees and have to pay a mortgage too . I don’t have any parents or family nearby so what ever little I have goes towards food, clothes, childcare and Mortgage .  Fortunately I have an understanding employer.

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