Financial difficulties often go hand in hand with becoming a lone parent. Many fathers worked full time before their divorce and then have had to reduce their hours in order to look after children.
It is vital, therefore, that you receive all the financial help you’re entitled to, no matter what your circumstances. Below is an outline of benefits you may be entitled to as a lone father, for more detailed information visit HM Revenue & Customs’ website
Child Benefit is a non-means tested benefit you can claim for your child. It is normally paid every 4 weeks directly into your bank account, however, as a lone parent you can request it weekly. Your are eligible if:
- Your child is under 16.
- Your child is 16 or 17 and in relevant education or training.
- Your child is 16 or 17, has left relevant education or training and is registered for work, education or training with an approved body.
HM Revenue & Customs has a dedicated Child Benefit Helpline open 8am-8pm 7 days per week call on 0845 302 1444 or you can visit their website.
Child Tax Credit
Child Tax Credit is a means tested allowance for parents and carers of at least one child under 16 or under 19 and in full time relevant education or training. You may be eligible whether you are working or not and provided you earn less than £58,000 per annum (£66,000 if one child is less than 1 year old). You may also be eligible if your child or children live with you part-time.
HM Revenue & Customs has a dedicated Tax Credit open 8am-8pm 7 days per week call on 0845 300 3900
Working Families’ Tax Credit
If you are working a minimum of 16 hours per week and are responsible for at least one child under 16 or under 19 and in full time relevant education or training, you may be entitled to Working Families’ Tax Credits.