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Trying to find out if or how my benefit will be affected when I get student finance and grants . Im single parent and have 3 children 2 at school 1 nursery doing HND LEVEL 5 public services . Any help would be great thanks x
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Depends on what benefits you receive. Say for instance you get Income related ESA this gives you (so i was told by council) automatic entitlement to housing benefit and will not be affected, but the amount of ESA you get may be reduced "income related". I know as a single parent you will get housing benefit anyway. worth making a couple of calls :-) to check
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Depends on what benefits you receive. Say for instance you get Income related ESA this gives you (so i was told by council) automatic entitlement to housing benefit and will not be affected, but the amount of ESA you get may be reduced "income related". I know as a single parent you will get housing benefit anyway. worth making a couple of calls :-) to check
Yes - income based ESA / income support entitles you to full housing benefit for your situation. You're entitled to full child tax credits / benefit (I am assuming you're not working - student finance is ignored for benefits)

As a full time student, you're also exempt from council tax.

You, unlike most students, are entitled to claim JSA / income support / ESA over the summer.
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I was searching for a thread like this for ages. I am a single parent to a 3 yr old and I'm starting uni in Sep (first year) I understand that I could be eligible for full housing benefit but still need to check. The CCG is confusing me so I wanted to ask what happens when my son starts school next year.. will I still be entitled to CCG? Sorry if I sound dumb but I do not understand it fully and what other help can I get financially? I'm worrying that I won't be able to cope.

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I was searching for a thread like this for ages. I am a single parent to a 3 yr old and I'm starting uni in Sep (first year) I understand that I could be eligible for full housing benefit but still need to check. The CCG is confusing me so I wanted to ask what happens when my son starts school next year.. will I still be entitled to CCG? Sorry if I sound dumb but I do not understand it fully and what other help can I get financially? I'm worrying that I won't be able to cope.

Thanks.
You will be entitled to CCG if you have any childcare costs to claim, for example after-school clubs. You could get up to a maximum of £155.24 per week, or 85% of your total childcare costs (whichever is less). As an independent student with a child you will also be eligible for Parents' Learning Allowance, and the maximum Maintenance Grant. Have you made your application to Student Finance England yet?
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You will be entitled to CCG if you have any childcare costs to claim, for example after-school clubs. You could get up to a maximum of £155.24 per week, or 85% of your total childcare costs (whichever is less). As an independent student with a child you will also be eligible for Parents' Learning Allowance, and the maximum Maintenance Grant. Have you made your application to Student Finance England yet?
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No I haven't made it yet but I will have to do it very soon. I get real busy and caught up with other things. This is all new to me, it will be my first year
Thanks for the info
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No I haven't made it yet but I will have to do it very soon. I get real busy and caught up with other things. This is all new to me, it will be my first year
Thanks for the info
Well you need to get right on it because you've already left it pretty late. Applications for new students take six weeks to process.
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Well you need to get right on it because you've already left it pretty late. Applications for new students take six weeks to process.
I know but SFE needed my tax credits award letter which I couldn't find so I had to ring them up 3 wks ago for it and they've just sent it out, I received it today which I've sent off today. I was also waiting for my passport to come back which came last week so I've now sent everything off. Do you reckon they'll pay me in time to start Uni on 14th September?
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I know but SFE needed my tax credits award letter which I couldn't find so I had to ring them up 3 wks ago for it and they've just sent it out, I received it today which I've sent off today. I was also waiting for my passport to come back which came last week so I've now sent everything off. Do you reckon they'll pay me in time to start Uni on 14th September?
Almost certainly not, I'm afraid. The identity check is the very first stage of application processing. If you'd been able to apply for the basic support earlier, and you were only just adding on the Parents Learning Allowance and Childcare Grant now, you'd probably get that in time for starting uni. But since it's your whole application, it's going to take the full six weeks to process your application from SFE receiving your passport details.
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Almost certainly not, I'm afraid. The identity check is the very first stage of application processing. If you'd been able to apply for the basic support earlier, and you were only just adding on the Parents Learning Allowance and Childcare Grant now, you'd probably get that in time for starting uni. But since it's your whole application, it's going to take the full six weeks to process your application from SFE receiving your passport details.
Hi, I hope you can help me. Is the PLA granted each year or just the first?
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