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    Sham900
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    Hi,

     

    I am single mum and I only Receive universal credit which Is not enough could I get some other support/benefits?

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    steve3334
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    there is free childcare yo may be able to receive  https://www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs/free-childcare-and-education-for-2-to-4-year-olds

    does your ex pay you child maintenance? if your working then maybe only option is to work more hours.

     

    #52440 Report

    Sham900
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    No he doesn’t we don’t speak anymore. I don’t work because I don’t have anyone to look after my child

    #52449 Report

    Hi Sham900

    I’m Michelle one of the moderators here.  Its nice to see you posting and getting some good advice.  There’s some useful information within the Gingerbread site that could be helpful.  Here’s a link to a page that might be relevant:

    Making ends meet – Gingerbread

    If you explore the info pages you’ll likely come across other bits and pieces that might be useful too.

    Hope that helps a bit

    Kind regards

    Michelle

    #52635 Report

    Sham900
    Participant

    Hi,

     

    ive had a look could you please advise me how to pay my bills of I don’t have money

    #52648 Report

    Leader1978
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    Regardless of your employment status, you should be getting support from the other parent via maintenance for the children.  Does the father spend any time with the children?

    It can be extremely challenging raising children independently, you should make use of all the support available to you. I would suggest opening up an account with CMS, this way the other parent will be able to contribute to ensure the children are financially supported.

    #52788 Report

    Hi Sham900

    It sound as though you didn’t find the information you were looking for via the link I’d shared with you.  Have you given the Single Parents Helpline a call?  They may be able to help you to explore some options.  Here are the contact 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

    Kind regards

    Michelle

    #53613 Report

    Danikm151
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    If you work, Universal credit will pay up to 85% of childcare fees when you provide receipts etc

    i work full time and get universal credit. Nursery fees are £780 a month and UC pays £646 of that so it’s a big help.

    Check you are getting the right elements on your uc and getting the right council tax support. It is a basic amount so I can see how some people struggle. Uc benefits those who work. When you work it reduces depending on your earnings but your wages are always higher than this, there is a work allowance when you have dependent children too.

     

    also check out the various funds available. In the midlands, the big difference scheme  can reduce your water bills significantly. Many power companies will allow you to go onto a payment plan. Apply for the warm home discount too in the autumn if you are eligible

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