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Benefits and tax credits if you work 16 hours a week or more



This factsheet gives an overview of the help available for single parents who work 16 hours a week or more. It covers help with rent, tax credits and other sources of financial help.

The information in this factsheet is correct as of April 2017. Please note that some of the rules for families with more than two children changed in April 2017. If you have more than two children and any of your children were born on or after 6th April 2017 please call our helpline for specific advice.

Universal credit is a new benefit system that will replace many of the current benefits and tax credits. Some families with children who are claiming benefits for the first time in selected jobcentres will claim universal credit instead of the benefits described in this factsheet. For more information on universal credit and how it may affect your family please visit the Gingerbread website and search ‘universal credit’.

Note: If you have recently come to the United Kingdom, have limited right to be here, or are from the European Union, you may not have the right to claim the benefits set out in this factsheet. Get advice before claiming. See page seven for organisations that can help.

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