This page contains all of Gingerbread’s information factsheets for single parents.

Click on the titles to open a downloadable PDF version of each factsheet.

Action to take when a relationship ends

This factsheet has checklists of things to think about and do when a relationship ends, and how to decide what to tackle first.


Benefits and tax credits for ill health or disability

This factsheet lets you know what you can claim if you have a health condition or a disability.


Benefits and tax credits if you work 16 hours a week or more

This factsheet gives an overview of the help available for single parents who work 16 hours a week or more.


Challenging your Child Maintenance Service calculation

This factsheet explains what to do if you think you’re not getting the right amount of child maintenance from the Child Maintenance Service (CMS).


Challenging your Child Support Agency maintenance calculation

This factsheet explains what  to do if you think you’re not getting the right amount of child maintenance from the Child Support Agency (CSA).


Changing a child’s name or birth certificate

This factsheet explains the requirements for changing the name of a child under 16.


Claiming Income Support and other benefits

This factsheet gives details of the benefits and tax credits you can receive if you have a child under five and you are not working, or work fewer than 16 hours a week.


Claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and other benefits

This factsheet gives details of the financial support you can get if you’re a single parent and you aren’t working, or are working fewer than 16 hours a week.


Dealing with debt

This factsheet provides a guide to managing your finances and strategies for dealing with debt.


Enforcing payment of CMS child maintenance

This factsheet is for parents who use the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) to collect child maintenance.


Enforcing payment of CSA child maintenance

This factsheet is for parents who use the Child Support Agency (CSA) to collect child maintenance.


Getting legal help

This factsheet provides information for situations when it is important to get legal help and advice.


Help when you can’t agree

This factsheet explains the different options available to help you negotiate and communicate more effectively and resolve any disputes.


Holidays

This factsheet is about planning and making the most of your holidays, whether you are going away as a family or organising a break for your child.


Housing options for single parents

This factsheet provides information on finding a new home for you and your family, or setting up home for the first time as a single parent.


How to complain to the Child Support Agency

This guide explains how to make a complaint if you’re unhappy with the service you’ve received from the Child Support Agency (CSA).


Information for parents who don’t live with their children

This information is for parents whose children don’t live with them for most of the time.


Jobseeker’s allowance – special rules for single parents

This factsheet explains the special rules for single parents who claim jobseeker’s allowance.


Looking after your emotional health

This factsheet focuses on your wellbeing with ideas to help improve how you feel, boost your confidence and manage difficult situations.


Making arrangements for child maintenance

This factsheet provides information on the child maintenance a parent pays towards their child’s upbringing.


Making arrangements for your children

This factsheet will help you make effective arrangements for your child about where they live and when they spend time with each parent and their family and friends.


Making ends meet

This factsheet offers advice and information on how you can keep track of the money you have coming in and manage how much goes out.


Money during maternity, paternity and adoption

The information in this factsheet is a guide to working out your finances when you’re having a baby or adopting a child.


Money for further education students

This factsheet covers the main types of financial support available to single parents who are starting further education from September 2017.


Money for higher education students

This factsheet covers the main types of financial support available to single parents who are starting higher education from September 2017.


Parental responsibility

This factsheet explains the rights and responsibilities of parents who live apart.


Sanctions

This factsheet explains what happens if you receive a sanction when you’re claiming jobseeker’s allowance.


Support for children and young people

This factsheet has details of specialist organisations and resources that can help support children in difficult situations.


Tax credits when your circumstances change

This factsheet explains what happens to your tax credits when your circumstances change.


Using Jobcentre Plus ‘moving to work’ schemes

This factsheet is mainly for single parents who are receiving jobseeker’s allowance or employment and support allowance in the work-related activity group.


Using the Child Maintenance Service

This factsheet is for single parents who are thinking of using the Child Maintenance Service (CMS).


Working life – a guide to your rights in the workplace

We’ve put together this simple guide about your rights at work – from changing your working hours to maternity and paternity leave.