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What are some options for the son's next steps?
Hello, My son age 34 has been in a relationship with a partner with 2 other children for 4 years . They then had a son together aged 3. Always been a fantastic Dad , Mum would agree on that ( maybe not such a good partner) The two older children that have problems recognised by social services and still in touch with . One of them ( boy 14 psychotic and violent ) causing Mum many problems and violence in front of the joint child The other has learning difficulties . Son and partner have split up Mum says she cannot cope with the joint 3 year old due to the other children’s problems and is happy for my son to take full custody with visiting rights. Son has had to seek immediate new home He is presently in fairly low/ moderate job but in a shared house where children under 10 are not allowed to be there and struggling financially . He wants to stay employed but can’t afford childcare or private rent There are NO other options for him as everyone else is overcrowded The mother is very close to handing over the joint child Where does my sons new journey begin please as we can see this is going to start to get in a mess Any advise is helpful Ps they are not at war with each other Just trying to do the right thing for them all Thanks

Anonymous

12th April 2022

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NQ - need to seek advice from CAB. There are a few things he could possibly do. In regards to childcare, he can apply to have 80% of childcare paid for if in employment .. if child is 3 I believe he is able to have the funded childcare of up to 30 hours. Apply to have the CB in his name/bank account since he will have sole custody and go on councils waiting list for a home. Please seek professional advice

Kathy Spellman

12th April 2022

NQ if he goes to the local council and explains the situation and has the documents to show he now has child living with him , the local authority have a duty of care to the child so would most probably put dad and child in emergancy accommodation and go on the list for council housing . He also needs to phone child benefit etc and let them know change of circumstances and have it swapped over . He can also apply for uc which will give him a advance payment and maybe he could apply for the child tax credit element . They may need confirmation off mum first and also as above 3 year olds are entitled to so many hours free childcare if parent is working . There is a charity called family rights group who are very helpful, maybe google them . If dad is on birth certificate a switch over of benifits , accessing housing etc should not be a Major problem .

Otis Adams

12th April 2022

Law degree. Your son should speak to local councils or housing authorities in his area to ask about possibilities for housing. Given that he will become primary custodian of the child it is likely he will qualify with enough points to apply for a property. He should then be able to ask about benefits such as housing, child benefit, working tax credit, single perosns council tax discount and others which all help low income families. Speak to Citizens Advice and check which local housing authorities are in the area as well, they usually assist.with benefits as well as housing.

Angelique Vaness

12th April 2022

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Nq also if their is a lack of council housing some local authorities do a bond sheme were they pay a bond on a private rented house for those most in need . Good luck 👍

Otis Adams

12th April 2022

Nq your son would be entitled to claim universal credits and child benefit for his son. He would also be entitled to 15 or 30 hours free childcare. He can present to the council as homeless (mum would need to say the child couldn't live with her) this would probably mean him and his child would be placed in emergency accommodation whilst the housing assess if they have a duty to house him 56 days this should be done within. If they do have a duty he will be able to start bidding for a property or they may offer him temporary housing.

John Shapero

12th April 2022

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NQ- has he spoken with the social worker to see what support he would be able to get?

Linda Pratt

12th April 2022

Nq. First step would be for him to claim the child benefit. He should look into universal credit immediately but may only be entitled once he has the child benefit and then adds the child onto his claim. Universal credit will pay a significant part of his rent and 80% child care. Once the paperwork is started he can ask UC for an advance payment. He can use a website like 'entitled too' to put in his current circumstances and potential future circumstances to get an idea of what single parent help he can access

Phyllis Hawkins

12th April 2022

NQ he could claim universal credits, depending on his wages, he would need to prove the child lived with him to claim the child element, as long as he is working, he can claim back up to 85% of childcare costs back, this HAS to be paid up front and proof of payment needs to be uploaded onto his uc account, also they have to be with a ofsted registered childminder, if he secures accommodation uc could possibly help with his rent too, it all depends on his wages. This is probably one of the most accurate calculators around to assess what he could be entitled to, although none are 100% https:// policyinpractice .co.uk/ software/

Joshua Lenz

12th April 2022

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