It can pay to work if you are a single parent. Here are just a few reasons why:

  • If you work for 16 hours or more a week (including self-employed work) you can claim Working Tax Credit to top up your income from work.
  • If you receive Working Tax Credits, you get 70% off any childcare costs from a registered childminder (up to a maximum of £175 a week for 1 child and £300 for 2 or more children). This includes money spent on after school clubs/activities.
  • Receiving Working Tax Credit also means you’re not affected by the Benefit Cap.

Useful links

Am I affected by the Benefits Cap?

Tax credit calculator

What benefits am I entitled to?