lone parents

  • Benefits and tax credits for lone parent students


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    This factsheet sets out the main social security benefits and tax credits that lone parents may be able to claim during a course of education.

  • Revised Benefit Cap

    Last updated: May 15, 2019
    test case

    R (DS and Others) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

    CPAG is acting on behalf of two single mothers who are affected by the cap due to their caring responsibilities. One of the claimants has children with significant health needs while the other has previously fled domestic violence.

    The appeal in this case was heard on 17-19 July 2018 by a 7 judge panel of the Supreme Court alongside that of R(DA and Others) v SSWP.  Judgment was given on 15 May 2019 finding that cap did not unlawfully discriminate against lone parents with children under 5 and their children. Read our press release.

  • Financial help for families fleeing domestic violence


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    This factsheet gives a brief overview of what financial help is available if you have to flee your home due to domestic abuse.

    The information about benefits and tax credits is relevant UK-wide, but some other help may only be available in Scotland.

    This leaflet is not a full statement of the law and individuals should be referred for specialist advice where appropriate.

  • Dealing with sanctions


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    This factsheet has been withdrawn. Please check Ask CPAG pages for latest information, including sanctions.

  • Work-related activity for lone parents

    Issue 240 (June 2014)
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    Dan Norris describes a rule making new demands on lone parents as a condition of getting income support (IS) or employment and support allowance (ESA).

  • Lone parents and benefit reform

    Issue 197 (April 2007)
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    Edward Graham looks at recent announcements and rumours regarding lone parents and benefit.

  • Welfare Reform Act 2012

    Issue 227 (April 2012)
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    Do acts speak louder than words? Edward Graham gives a round-up of the changes on their way.

  • Tax Credits: ‘technical overpayments’ and ‘offsetting’

    Issue 211 (August 2009)
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    David Simmons examines the current state of play on the recurring issue of tax credits overpayments which arise when a partner leaves or joins a household.

  • 'Mini-jobs' for lone parents?

    Issue 128 (Autumn 2007)
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    Juggling work and childcare is the big conundrum of being a lone parent. But as the Government increasingly promotes work as the best way out of poverty, lone parents have little to choose from. Now however, new research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has found that working in a so-called 'mini-job' for under 16 hours a week could be the way to bring lone parents gradually back into full-time employment while also allowing them to adjust their childcare needs. But are the advantages to lone parents real ones? What happens once benefit cuts are taken into account? Kate Bell considers the different options, as well as whether the strategy could contribute to achieving the Government's target of halving child poverty for 2010.