Posted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 11:14 pm
Post subject: Advice Needed
Hi all, I'm new to this website. I was wondering if anyone has been in this situation or could give advice.
I have 3 children, my baby's father and I are in a relationship but I live on my own, we do not live together as he has his own house. I am not with the father of my first two children and do not know his whereabouts.
I recently applied for income support and was advised to do so as a lone parent. I've waited and have been messed around by them for 3 long months; only for them to turn around and say that I am not entitled to income support as I have a partner. They said, even though we don't live together it's seen as an income coming in for myself. I explained to them that my partner is only supporting 'his' child and I cannot expect him to support my other two and that I don't work (as I had to stop due to the baby being born) and don't have an income coming in. I also explained that he supports the child by providing clothes etc. He does not pay my bills etc.
I intend to appeal against this decision but I need advice.
Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:17 am
Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 1:01 pm
If your boyfriend doesnt live with you and doesnt pay your bills or for your food then you are classed as a lone parent.
when you made your new claim they should have asked you to complete a cs1 form. This allows you to give all the info you have on absent parents. they should have also made a statement with you in regards to what your current boyfriend puts towards his child. They should only class you as a couple if you have declared him as your partner on your claim as when you input all partner details on your paper work you will be classed as a couple and any income you state he earns would be regarded as household income. You can tell them you have a boyfriend in the statment part of your claim but should not fill any forms in with all his details as this would be misconstrued as a couple.