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Single Working Parent Benefits and Entitlements

By: Sarah Knowles BA, MA - Updated: 25 Apr 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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There are many types of benefits and entitlements available to parents. Some are designed expressly for single parents, while others are only for single working parents. You will need to look carefully to see which category you fit into, and you may have to make changes if your own circumstances change.

Benefits and Entitlements Include

  • New Deal for Lone Parents
  • Income Support
  • Housing/Council Tax Benefit
  • Sure Start Maternity Grant
  • Child Tax Credits
  • Working Tax Credits
  • Child Benefit
  • Child Maintenance

New Deal for Lone Parents (NDLP)

The NDLP is not only for parents who are not working, it is also for those who work 16 hours a week or less and are looking to get back into full-time employment. It can provide you with the training you need to get a better job, as well as help with writing CV's, improving your job interview skills etc.

Additionally, the NDLP can also provide you with money to help pay for transport and/or childcare costs as you look for employment, have a job interview, begin work etc.

Income Support

Any single parent who earns a low income – and is either unemployed or works only 16 hours a week or less - can get Income Support and/or Housing Benefit. Apart from monetary payments, you can also receive free dental care, prescriptions, school meals, Housing Benefit, and Council Tax Benefit. You also must have savings of less than £16,000 to qualify.

Housing/Council Tax Benefit

Any person who pays rent and is on a low income may qualify. You will have part of your rent paid and it does not matter if you are working or not. For Housing Benefit, the amount you receive may change if you have savings over £3,000. If your income and savings are below the government cut-off, you may also get payments toward your Council Tax.

Sure Start Maternity Grant

If you are pregnant you can qualify for a £500 Sure Start Maternity Grant to enable you to buy baby items. This is available to both single mums, and those who are part of a couple, but depends on income.

Child Tax Credits

Not only single parents can get this benefit. Any parent can qualify for child tax credit by fitting the means-tested profile and having to look after any child under age 16. You may also qualify for credit once the children are a bit older you may if they are in full-time training or education.

There are two forms of CTC: a family element and a child element. If you have a new baby, a disabled child or a severely disabled child you may get additional money, and you will get more for each child you have.

Working Tax Credit

Formerly the Working Families Tax Credit, the Working Tax Credit, or WTC, aims to help people who earn the least money. This entitlement is also means-tested, and is paid to people who work 16 hours a week or more, either self-employed or employed by someone else. You must work in the UK and the amount you get will depend on your income. Tax credits to help with childcare costs may come as part of the WTC.

Child Benefit

Virtually anyone with a child aged 16 or under is entitled to this benefit, which is paid monthly and given out regardless of income or personal circumstance. This can be extended beyond the age of 16 if the child is in full time 'non advanced' education or on an approved training course. Register after your child's birth and the money should soon be winging its way to you. It goes directly to the person who looks after the child, so if you have custody the money will go to you.

Child Maintenance: Changes to the Law

You may be eligible to receive Child Maintenance from the father of your children. And the good news is that the government has announced that from 2010 single parents who on Income Support will also be able to keep any child maintenance they receive. It is estimated that this ruling will help lift more than 30,000 children out of poverty.

A variety of benefits are available to single parents, as well as single parents who work. Just because you earn an income doesn't mean you are not entitled to extra help. Speak to your local Benefits Office is you are unclear about which benefits you believe you have the right to receive. If you're planning on working for yourself you should read our feature on how business will affect your benefits.

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Sam - Your Question:
I work 22 hours a week an have a 7 year old an still live at my mums who also works but only 16 hours a week because she struggle with my younger brother. We are finding it hard to keep up with the bills on our wages would we be intitled to any housing benefit??

Our Response:
Please see Entitled To here which should help you further.
AWorkingMum - 26-Apr-17 @ 12:16 PM
I work 22 hours a week an have a 7 year old an still live at my mums who also works but only 16 hours a week because she struggle with my younger brother. We are finding it hard to keep up with the bills on our wages would we be intitled to any housing benefit??
Sam - 25-Apr-17 @ 1:44 PM
Watty - Your Question:
I work full time and have 18year old daughter who as globel learning disabilities can I get extra discount on my council tax and what other benifits can I get.I get wtc and she gets pip

Our Response:
You can see more via Entitled To link here.
AWorkingMum - 24-Apr-17 @ 12:38 PM
I work full time and have 18year old daughter who as globel learning disabilitiescan I get extra discount on my council tax and what other benifits can i get .I get wtc and she gets pip
Watty - 23-Apr-17 @ 8:43 PM
Hello, I currently work 3 days a week on minimum wage, My daughter is 8 and I have been offered a 35 hour a week placement at the same work place. I receive housing benefit, Child tax, working tax and council tax reduction. When I start and work full time I will lose most of my housing benefit, lose around £25 a week working tax and no council tax reduction. When I lose my council tax reduction, would I still be liable for single person council tax? Is it worth going on to 35 hours a week on minimum wage? I have used the 'Entitled-to' benefit calculator but I'm not sure if they very accurate? Any help would be must appreciated!
BD1893 - 7-Apr-17 @ 3:18 PM
I may have to have a foot op I work part time would I be able to get statutory sick pay and help with rent etc?
Sue - 4-Apr-17 @ 7:42 PM
Hi how much can a single person with 2 children earn before working tax is cut or stop ?
Sandi - 7-Mar-17 @ 10:18 PM
Hi I'm single working dad earning bout 27000 pound with two kids age 14 and 17 put my house up for sale because I can't afford to keep it am I entitled to anythink
stapo - 4-Mar-17 @ 8:08 PM
Hi I'm looking for advice I have just found out my partner has cheated on me so we have broken up I currently work 30 hours a week with a little boy who is turning 1 once my ex leaves I'll be looking for benefits to help what can I apply for also would I be better off dropping my hours to 16 Thank you Lizzie
Lizzie - 24-Feb-17 @ 6:48 PM
Hi iWork 16 hours a week,I have to kids aged 7 and 2,I claim working tax credits,imoved in with my dad and took over 3 bedrooms,he now wants me to pay rent,can I get any help with it
Lou - 23-Feb-17 @ 11:13 AM
rifet - Your Question:
I am single mum of a 5 yr old boy. I live in temp accomodation given by the council it has now been 13 months. I just want to know what benefits I might be entitled to. I work 5 hours a week.

Our Response:
You can see via the Entitled To link here .
AWorkingMum - 22-Feb-17 @ 2:21 PM
i am single mum of a 5 yr oldboy. i live in temp accomodation given by the council it has now been 13 months. i just want to know what benefits i might be entitled to. i work 5 hours a week.
rifet - 22-Feb-17 @ 9:56 AM
Hi, I am a single mother of a boy who jut turned 3. 4 months ago I found this part time job at a supermarket which was really close to his nursery and decided it was a great way to get back to work where I can work 16 hours and use his feet finding and in this case only Paid half a day so I can be at work. But sadly, now he is 3 the nursery advised me by April that he can only claim 3 hours free funding as I will Need to pay the rest of the time which will be double of what I'm Paying now. I also am already struggling paying rent too and can't afford rent and childcare and cannot work over half term and cannot afford to pay even more to put him in nursery the month after. The Jobcentre keep telling me I'll be sanctioned if I leave my job and I won't receive any benefit but I cannot afford any childcare or rent even. If I move my son, to a different nursery I'll Need to pay more even then as I'll need to travel to work and all. And I just cannot afford any of it.so my question is why am I being told I cannot claim Income Support and what do I do if I cannot afford any of the childcare and rent? I'm so worried and it's been over a week now trying to find answers. Thank you. Vimi
VimiD - 21-Feb-17 @ 6:33 PM
Rach - Your Question:
Hi,I'm pregnant and due to be a single parent. I work full time for the Metropolitan police and earn around £1800 after tax. I still live at home but have outgoings of around £800 a month. To have this baby I will need to move out and afford somewhere else to live. The problem lies when I go back to work. I'm not entitled to low income help and I don't know how I will afford somewhere to live and childcare.I don't want to leave my job as it's a career and so many doors are open to me and I want to work and support my child but I feel that I won't have enough.Childcare fees are around 1k a month (I've enquiried)So childcare fees and my current outgoings (which I cannot change) will leave me at £0 anyway let alone paying for rent somewhere. I can't sleep, can't eat, Just found out the father of the baby had been sleeping with his ex and wants his family back (he has 2 kids with her and 2 kids from a previous relationship) he basically has said he wants nothing to do with me or this child. My parents are not very supportive. They will let me stay at home for a few months (baby isn't due til September 2017) and save but they want me out before the baby is born and they can't help with looking after the baby as they say they're too old (60 and 65) and find it too difficult.Someone help please.

Our Response:
I am sorry to hear this. We cannot advise directly what you may be entitled to - please see EntitledTo link here. Please also see Family Lives link here. I hope this helps.
AWorkingMum - 10-Feb-17 @ 12:17 PM
I am currently unemployed single with two children, I dont get allowance from the father. If I started doing a commission paid job would I lose anything?
Beaks - 9-Feb-17 @ 1:49 PM
Hi, I'm pregnant and due to be a single parent. I work full time for the Metropolitan police and earn around £1800 after tax. I still live at home but have outgoings of around £800 a month. To have this baby I will need to move out and afford somewhere else to live. The problem lies when I go back to work. I'm not entitled to low income help and I don't know how I will afford somewhere to live and childcare. I don't want to leave my job as it's a career and so many doors are open to me and I want to work and support my child but I feel that I won't have enough. Childcare fees are around 1k a month (I've enquiried) So childcare fees and my current outgoings (which I cannot change) will leave me at £0 anyway let alone paying for rent somewhere. I can't sleep, can't eat, Just found out the father of the baby had been sleeping with his ex and wants his family back (he has 2 kids with her and 2 kids from a previous relationship)he basically has said he wants nothing to do with me or this child. My parents are not very supportive. They will let me stay at home for a few months (baby isn't due til September 2017) and save but they want me out before the baby is born and they can't help with looking after the baby as they say they're too old (60 and 65) and find it too difficult. Someone help please.
Rach - 9-Feb-17 @ 9:03 AM
Sm - Your Question:
Hey, My a single parent and have a 12 year old child. I have just started working full time 35 hr a week and my annual income is £15000 I would like to know if I can get Housing benefits or not ?

Our Response:
Please see Entiltedto link here which should help you further.
AWorkingMum - 30-Jan-17 @ 12:07 PM
Hey, My a single parent and have a 12 year old child. I have just started working full time 35 hr a week and my annual income is £15000 I would like to know if I can get Housing benefits or not ?
Sm - 29-Jan-17 @ 8:25 PM
I'm a single working parent who has 2 children. I need to know what government figure is and what your supposed to live off a week for the havering area? I can't see to find it it use to be £250 but has changed.
Honey - 28-Jan-17 @ 9:04 AM
Single Mum - Your Question:
I would just like to point out that this page is entirely aimed at single mums. What about single Dad's? Do they not have the same entitlements? Yet another example of it being socially unacceptable for the mother to leave the family home.

Our Response:
We have a site called Separated Dads, please see link herethat deals with all the same issues. Men and women have the same entitlements, it just depends upon who becomes the primary carer of the children in the family and who is the non-resident parent.
AWorkingMum - 25-Jan-17 @ 12:10 PM
I would just like to point out that this page is entirely aimed at single mums. What about single Dad's? Do they not have the same entitlements? Yet another example of it being socially unacceptable for the mother to leave the family home.
Single Mum - 24-Jan-17 @ 4:59 PM
Hi, my employment and support allowance has been stopped with no warning, no letter no nothing. I haven't been warned. I have a 15 week old baby to support and I'm a single parent. My housing benefit will get stopped and I'm worried about what's going to happen next. Can the DWP just stop my benefits without warning? I haven't been invited to a medical assessment so I'm confused. Thank you in advance.
Ayesha - 7-Jan-17 @ 2:19 AM
Mel - Your Question:
HiI am a single mum of two, aged 5and 6.I have recently become self employed after being on JSA. I am a respite carer one night a week which is an overnight stay of 16hrs for £30 per shift and part time cleaner for 7hrs a week. I am now receiving working tax credits but no longer qualify for the housing benefit or council tax support. I don't understand this as I am only bringing home £100 a week. Please could you advise me on what to do.

Our Response:
Please see the Turn2Us website here which should help answer your question.
AWorkingMum - 8-Dec-16 @ 10:05 AM
Hi I am a single mum of two, aged 5and 6.I have recently become self employed after being on JSA. I am a respite carer one night a week which is an overnight stay of 16hrs for £30 per shift and part time cleaner for 7hrs a week. I am now receiving working tax credits but no longer qualify for the housing benefit or council tax support. I don't understand this as I am only bringing home £100 a week. Please could you advise me on what to do.
Mel - 7-Dec-16 @ 11:18 AM
way out - Your Question:
HelloI am 44 and work full time. I have a 14 year old. I currently have a mortgage but will be selling due to a break up.where will I stand in renting

Our Response:
If you work full-time and have a good credit history, there is no reason why you should not be able to rent privately. You may also be eligible for a council property, please see Shelter site here. Likewise, if your son is 14, a court may rule that you could stay in your present house until your child leaves full-time education. However, the question of who stays in the family home depends on whether it's affordable and your personal circumstances. For this you may benefit from seeking some legal advice.
AWorkingMum - 28-Nov-16 @ 10:37 AM
Hello I am 44 and work full time. I have a 14 year old . I currently have a mortgage but will be selling due to a break up. where will I stand in renting
way out - 27-Nov-16 @ 1:44 AM
Dody - Your Question:
I am worried sick my daughter and husband have just spilt. The three children are living with my daughter. My daughter is working 16 hours a week. Will she get help with her morgage so they don't have to loose their home.Thank you for your helpDiana

Our Response:
The CAB page here explains who has responsibility for paying the mortgage and what help is available if you might have to pay it on your own.
AWorkingMum - 8-Nov-16 @ 11:03 AM
I am worried sick my daughter and husband have just spilt . The three children are living with my daughter. My daughter is working 16 hours a week . Will she get help with her morgage so they don't have to loose their home. Thank you for your help Diana
Dody - 7-Nov-16 @ 12:27 PM
Hi i have recently gone to work. I work with an agency and i am taking atleast two shifts. Two shifts a week is 24 hours a week. Am i entitled to working tax credit. I am a single parent living with my mum who isnt working. Im scared eveything will be affected My son is only just turned two and his ment to start 15 hours free of nursery. What happens now?!
Bea - 29-Oct-16 @ 4:34 PM
NaeNae- Your Question:
I've been offered a Job, I'm a single parent of 3 one I claim dla for. I've been to job centre to try make an appointment for help with transition from benefits to working with not much other than to go online and fill a form in to see what help I can get. Just a little confused with the form as not sure if to put that in employed and also about housing benefit I forgot what it's called what I'm allowed to claim as a private tenant. Basically I'm jist confused with the whole process and when should I phone people as I can't afford to have money stopped and not be able to pay rent etc

Our Response:
I'm afraid we can't help with filling in forms etc. You would really need to speak to your Jobcentre again to ask for assistance.
AWorkingMum - 27-Oct-16 @ 12:20 PM
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