In the back of Confessions of a Single Mum I am rather busy updating the benefit section. It’s well over due and New Year, new start and all that. There have been a few benefit changes and I learnt of two other benefits that parents with children might not be aware of, Care to Learn and Parents Learning Allowance. The new benefit section will be up shortly. But in the meantime here are the two benefits that I have learnt about.

Care To Learn is for parents who are under 20 (at the start of their course) who need help with childcare costs. It is only available for courses in England. This can include course like schools, school 6th forms and 6th form colleges. You could get up to £160 per child if you live outside London (£175 in London). Payment is paid directly to the childcare provider. For more details

Parents Learning Allowance is for full time students with children and you could get up to £1,508 a year . The money can help with things lie books, study materials and travel and doesn’t have to be paid back. How much you get does depend on your household income but it won’t affect your benefits or tax credit. For more details.