It’s been reported in The Western Telegraph thatÂ Magistrates handed down 50 hours of unpaid work and Â£100 costs yesterday (Monday) to a Haverfordwest single mum who had been overpaid Â£5,261 in benefits.
Emily Jane Ardran, of St Marks Close, had previously pleaded guilty to failing to notify the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that her partner, Brian Kelly, had moved in with her in April 2009.
Fathers Day is fast approaching, and the thoughts on many children’s and mother’s minds is what to get your dad’s to show them how much you care on Fathers Day. Moneysupermarket.com has come up with a few ideas which are great gift ideas, but also have money off the full prices. Don’t worry; your dad will never know that you got his gift for less!
Jun 10, 10
When there is only one parent to do everything, every bit of help is appreciated. Now I’m not suggesting you have to hire a cook, cleaner and gardener, though very tempting, as that isn’t financially viable. But there are a few things that I am tackling in my children. Not because I am a power hungry, neat freak over bearing mother, but because it will ultimately help me. Bear in mind though that every child, parent and situation is unique so these are just ideas that I have found to work or are working. Be realistic in what you want to achieve and remember you can’t expect any child to be neater, tidier or more organised if you aren’t. They learn from you.
Showing on Thursday 10 June 21:30 on BBC Three is Dappers. A light hearted comedy set in Bristol and based around two best friends Faye and Ashley who are young mums living on benefits. They have dreams though and are determined to become rich businesswomen, whatever it takes.
I havenâ€™t seen this so I canâ€™t comment if itâ€™s any good. Just thought It may be of interest to some of you. It has potential though as it is written by Catherine Johnson who scored international acclaim with the hit musical Mamma Mia. Catherine drew on her own experiences as a single mum in housing association lodgings as well as returning to her home town as she set out to challenge some of the perceived notions of young single mums.Â She also tackles some of the more serious troubles of being a single mum but with some humour added in.
Dappers is the final show of three openers for potential new series. We will have to wait to see if Dappers is deemed good enough to be awarded its own series.
You can read the BBC blur and schedule of airings at the Dappers BBC page
Being a single parent uses up every ounce of your juggling skills and if you missed the juggling classes you soon get a crash course in the art of doing 6 things at once as well as more worrying than humanly possible for one person. One of the things that I really worried over, and still do, is my parenting style. Not the designer gear sort of style complete with matching accessories but more the ‘how you parent’ sort of style.
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