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    JarlEriktheRed
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    So at the beginning of last year, my ex partner cheated on me with a friend of mine of over 15 years, physically abused me, kicked me out and left me homeless at the beginning of the Covid Pandemic, i managed to get myself back on my feet and got a place to live, i was still working until my exes new partner (my ex friend) started telling my employer that i was the abusive one, which resulted in them terminating my contract. I then managed to find myself another job and started rebuilding my life, only to lose that job due to Covid cut backs. Now i am falling behind on rent and the benefits system is not set up to help single males. I am only entitled to a very basic level of UC and a 25% council tax reduction, which means that each month i get most (not all) of my rent covered, and the left over money is barely enough to pay my bills and support my daughter. The situation has effected my mental health massively and i have been on the verge of suicide for a while now, the only thing keeping me going is my daughter. My letting agent is threatening to evict me, which would leave me homeless again and i would not be allowed access to my daughter. I have contacted all sorts of charities to see if i can get help, but again nobody seems to want to help single males. I really don’t know what to do,  am at the end of my rope with no light at the end of the tunnel.

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    steve3334
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    hi,

    has your landlord given you an eviction notice.If you were served a notice between 29 August 2020 and 31 March 2021 inclusive, the minimum notice period is 6 months. if they have given you a notice, you could contact your council and tell them your being made homeless. I know its harder for single males, but there may be a chance you put you in temporary accommodation.

    I think you should seriously have a chat with the samaritans: 116 123. its a free call

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    #48037 Report

    Hi  Jarkerikthered

    Thank you for posting here on our forum.  I am one of the moderators and I have seen your post today.  Please be aware that I will be sending you a private message with some signposting options.

    Kind regards, Justine

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    Sonzie2
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    Hi there – so sorry to read what you are going through everything made harder by Covid.  I totally understand what you are saying about support for single dads, I signed over the family allowance to my ex so that he could claim more benefits as he is out of work and I am not but I suppose that won’t be an option with your ex if there is anomosity there.  Please know how important you are to your daughter, she loves you unconditionally and she wants you there with her, please stay strong for her.  My daughter adores her dad and even tho hes never got any money she gets so much from him – so much more than money – a father’s love is very important to a little girl dont forget that.  Things will get better they always do so please stay strong and speak to your family and friends about how you are feeling and how low you are at the moment.

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