For me the dawning of being a Real Parent was no eureka moment, no life changing experience complete with fireworks like they have in the films. It was a slow realisation that the so called perfect mum never actually existed. I had read every anti-natal book available, waded through all the baby books and yet once I was left alone with my first baby to change its first nappy I was a blubbering ... Read More about Being a Real Parent
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 ... Read More about Parenting Styles – Do you Sugar Coat or Tell Them As It Is?
Being on income support as I was working under 16 hours and my youngest now ten, I was called into the Job Centre to update my details. The recent changes mean I can no longer be on income support, but this was no hardship as my work is getting busier and can now switch to being over 16hours a week. ... Read More about Job Centres – Lone Parent Advisor Error
Top 5 Vouchers for the Easter Holidays -brought to you by the Vouchersteam at moneysupermarket. Most of us welcome the arrival of Easter weekend as the majority of workers get a nice long weekend off work, which we use to see family, eat lots of chocolate and relax. But for those with children, Easter means something completely different. Half term means that the kid's get two weeks off from ... Read More about Top 5 Vouchers for the Easter Holidays
I have pulled together a quick A to Z of eco terms as found myself confused and lost on the terms they use. A is for an alternative living - alternative living is the eco thinking way of living: by means of choosing to live in a green a way possible. It can the whole lot of only eating the food they have grown, making their own clothes and only using renewable sources of energy. Or it can be ... Read More about LEARN WHAT ECO TERMS MEAN A TO Z
One of the things about being a single mum means one of the most used words is 'save' or 'saved'. Save as in electric, water, petrol, food ...I try and save anything that will mean more for my money. But it's starting to dawn on me that some of this saving is actually turning me a bit green. Now I don't claim to be a full-blown eco-warrior of the sandals and hippy kind, but if I am saving money ... Read More about Being Slightly Green Saves the Pennies Too.
The HM Revenue & Customs quote that 9 out of 10 families with children are entitled to tax credits. The basic requirement is looking after at least one child; you may qualify for Child Tax Credit. If you work more than 16 hours and earn low wages then you may qualify for Tax Credits as well. How much you get depends on things like: ... Read More about Child and Tax Credits
What is child maintenance? Child maintenance is regular, reliable financial support which helps towards a child's everyday living costs. The parent who does not have main day-to-day care of the child provides child maintenance to the parent who does. ... Read More about Child Maintenance
In work credit is a fixed tax free payment of £40 per week (£60 per week in London). You need to be: Bringing up children on your own Starting work of at least 16 hours per week Expect the work to last 5 weeks or more You must also have been getting Income Support or Jobseeker's Allowance (or a combination of these benefits) for at least 52 weeks or more without a ... Read More about In Work Credit
Job grant is a one off tax free payment when you start work and stop getting benefits. You can claim Job Grant if you take up work and will be working at least 16 hours a week with the job expecting to last 5 weeks or more. You must have been claiming one of the following for at least 26 weeks before starting your new job: ... Read More about Job Grant
[box type="info"]From April 2011 - Child Benefit will be frozen for three years, at £20.30 for a first or only child and £13.40 for each other child.[/box] You normally qualify for Child Benefit if you live in the UK and have children aged 16 and under or 20 and under and they are in certain types of education or training. ... Read More about Child Benefit
Qualifying for this benefit isn't limited to just being out of work. If you are in work it could be worth checking to see if you are able to make a claim. You won't be able to claim though if you: ... Read More about Housing and Council Tax Benefit