Welfare Benefits for Lone Parents
Means-tested benefits include:
If you have a child under 5, you can claim Income Support. If you have children aged 5 or over then unless you are in one of the following categories, you will have to claim Jobseekers Allowance:
- parents who receive the middle or highest rate care component of Disability Living Allowance or either rate of the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment
- parents who receive Carer's Allowance
- parents who are fostering
- parents with a health condition or disability with affects their ability to work - these people will be able to claim Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).
Child Tax Credit
You can claim Child Tax Credit (CTC) if you are responsible for a child up to 31 August following their 16th birthday, or, up to the age of 20 if still in school or 6th form college.
Working Tax Credit
You can claim Working Tax Credit (WTC) if you are responsible for a child, and working more than 16 hours and on a low income.
If you are on a low income and live in rented accommodation you may be entitled to Housing Benefit which may meet some or all of your rent costs.
Council Tax Support
If you are on a low income you may be entitled to a reduction for some or all of your Council Tax.