I frequently get asked what single parent benefits are available to claim. Well there are a few but before you get excited and think you will be rolling in money and not have to work , be prepared for a downgrade in this assumption . And probably a down grade in most things in your life. The media portrayal that a single mum on benefits is raking it in is just a myth.
The advice given here is aimed at single mums however the official sites to get the most up to date information are
Please check with these sites for the most current and up-to-date information as each single mums situation is different and the information here is only a guide.
Being a single mum is not an easy option. In general it’s a struggle but with a bit of sideways thinking it can be achievable.It can be daunting though when presented with a list of benefits you can claim. It can also be a challenge actually filling in all the right forms to the right people at the right times. If you asked each of the departments which to fill in first they will all say their form is the most important form to fill in first.
They are all rather cagey too as to what you can receive and when you will get it too. They don’t want to say one thing only for you to find when all the paper work has been done, it’s a lot less. They all pay at different time intervals as well just to complicate things further. For example you probably pay your rent on a monthly bases, normally last or first day of the month. Housing benefit though is paid every 4 weeks so it does get out of sync at some point.
The pdf is now available on the Resource page
This subject is a work in progress, as I find out and write more then more will get added.