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Benefits advice and divorce – a guide for single parents

In this section we outline the main benefits available to you as a single parent after a divorce and give you a brief guide to each benefit and the given entitlement. in 2013 the Government will introduce a new all encompassing benefit to replace existing benefits, to be called The Universal Credit.

State benefit provision is especially important if you are thinking about separating or getting divorced as your income is likely to be reduced and you will need to know what you need to survive, whether you are a man or a woman

It is essential that you understand the basic levels of entitlement before you proceed to claim.

Claiming for benefits can sometimes seem a daunting task and can make people feel that they have failed because they have to resort to them.

This is not true. We all have bad times and good times. Luckily we live in a country where we all provide for each other should we need to find income from sources other than employment.

Universal Credit is a new single payment for people who are looking for work or on a low income.

Universal Credit will help claimants and their families to become more independent and will simplify the benefits system by bringing together a range of working-age benefits into a single streamlined payment. The new Universal Credit system aims to;

  • improve incentives to return to work
  • smooth the transition in and out of work, supporting a flexible labour market
  • simplify the benefits system, making it easier for people to understand, and easier and cheaper for the government to administer
  • reduce in-work poverty whereby it is easier to remain on benefits than find a job
  • cut back on fraud and administrative error.

Universal Credit will be launched in 2013 and will replace;

  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Child Tax Credits
  • Working Tax Credits
  • Housing Benefit.

Each page has a direct link to the Work and Pensions Web Site.

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