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Claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and other benefits

This factsheet gives details of the financial support you can get if you’re a single parent and you aren’t working, or are working fewer than 16 hours a week. It explains how the age of your children affects whether you can claim income support or jobseeker’s allowance, and what other benefits you’re entitled to, such as tax credits and help with housing costs.
There is a list of other Gingerbread factsheets that may be helpful at the end of this factsheet. Further advice on all of the topics covered is available from the Gingerbread Single Parent Helpline on 0808 802 0925. Calls are free. The information in this factsheet is correct as of March 2017.
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 making a claim. See page six for organisations that can help.
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 areas will now claim universal credit instead of jobseekers allowance and similar benefits. For more information on universal credit and how it may affect your family you can visit the Gingerbread website.

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