My money

Many single parents worry about money and making ends meet. It’s good to find out as much as you can about any help on offer, as well as knowing yourself and your own spending habits. 

These pages are about some steps you can take to feel more in control, and to manage your money and any worries about it a little better. 

It’s also important to make sure that you’re getting everything you and your children are due by way of allowances, social security, pregnancy/birth support, free school meals, free childcare, in-work benefits, maintenance payments and so on. For advice on these kinds of things and how to apply, see our Advice and Information pages or get in touch with our advisers on our Lone Parent Helpline, email or live webchat.

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You’ll find lots of useful information about health and wellbeing here. If you need advice on issues such as welfare benefits, separation or child maintenance contact our Lone Parent Helpline or chat to us online.

If you need urgent help anytime

  • Phone the Samaritans: free helpline always open at 116 123.
  • Phone 999 if it’s an emergency (for example risk to your or someone else’s life).
  • If it’s a health issue (but not an emergency) phone NHS 24 on 111. More health info at NHS inform.