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Hi

 

My wife and I have decided to do a trial seperation and I really need some advice as to what will happen to the benefits we recieve.

 

Currently we are in reciept of:

 

Child Tax Credits (3 kids under 13)

Housing and council tax Benefit

Child Benefit

Income support with carers and disability premium

Disability Living Allowance at the mid rate

Carers Allowance

 

My wife is the disabled member (bi-polar disorder) with me registered as her carer, it is my wife that has left leaving me with the kids. I know the first 3 will not change; however as far as I can find out the last 3 which total roughly £950 every four weeks will be replaced with just £257.20 income support on me.

 

Obviously dropping from around £1700 to £1000 per month because there is one less person seems a bit much so could anyone confirm whether this is what actually would happen or not.

 

As a further aside if (now that I can) I find work how much help with childcare would be given. The after school club at my kids school currently costs £5.6 per child per night or £86 per week. I have no idea how much help you get with childcare but obviously with 3 kids it does come in expensive.

 

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks

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You would be best getting help from your Welfare Office, their number is on your Local Authority's website. If there isn't a Welfare Office then a benefits adviser, you can usually make appointments at your local housing office. They are best placed to advise you on your entitlements.

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Thanks for the reply - after further thought I went ahead and notified everyone already. I wasn't expecting to have to make new claims everywhere, even child tax credits, meaning what is in the bank currently has to last the next 2-3 weeks but there's no turning back now.

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Sorry to hear of your situation.

 

The care portions of benefits would go with her so that she could gain help elsewhere.

 

I would think you would be best via welfare rights (they are great) have to reclaim as a single parent. They can double check dwp gives you all entitled to.

 

Best of luck:)

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