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How many children can you claim benefits for?

Two Child Limit – frequently asked questions

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How universal credit is calculated

Updated 21 June 2018 Universal credit is made up of different amounts called elements. These elements are added together to give you a maximum amount of universal credit. The elements included are: Standard allowance This is the amount given for the …

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Tax Credit Renewal Deadline Tuesday 31 July

Your tax credit claim needs to be renewed each year. If you already receive tax credits HMRC will have contacted you asking if the details they have are still correct. You need to report any changes to your circumstances such …

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Benefits when your children get older

Benefits and tax credit changes when your children leave education or start university.

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What is a sanction?

Information for single parents in Scotland about benefit sanctions.

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OPFS Edinburgh

OPFS Edinburgh has had a busy Autumn, making the best of the fading weather with our two Saturday Dads’ Clubs. At the end of September the two groups joined up to take a boat out to the Bass Rock in …

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School Clothing Grants

A big thank-you to the 343 parents throughout Scotland that completed the School Clothing Grant Campaign survey about school clothing grants, and cost of uniforms. OPFS are running this campaign in partnership with CPAG and Poverty Truth Commission. Key results were; …

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Help from Working Tax Credit to Pay for a Short Period of Childcare

Updated 21 June 2018 Single parents working 16 hours, or more, per week can claim help with registered childcare costs from HMRC. This help is paid as part of working tax credit. The amount you get depends on your circumstances. …

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Single Parents – Exploding the myths

It can be a challenge bringing up children on your own, being solely responsible for their care and the family income. Many single parents, after separating from their partner, feel more secure and positive about their children’s wellbeing; however 47% …

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Guest blog: Challenge Poverty Week

In this guest blog for the #ProudSingleParents campaign, GHA tenant, Nicola, tells us about her experiences of mothering two children as a single parent. I became a single parent after the birth of my second child. My relationship with my …

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