Advice guides

Our advice guides cover a wide range of subjects with useful information for single parents about money, work, separation and much more.

Please note our remaining advice guides are being updated for 2019-20. For the very latest information and advice call our helpline on 0808 801 0323 (freephone).

Here is a list of all our available publications (A-Z).

  • Benefits are changing

    The benefits system has undergone a major change recently. Some benefits are being replaced while others might have different rules for claiming them.

  • Child Maintenance Arrangements

    See our guide to help you decide what child maintenance arrangements would suit you.

  • Disability, Sickness and Care Benefits

    This advice guide gives an overview of help available for single parents and their children.

  • Energy and money saving tips

    Information on ways to save money on your energy bills, and energy-related grants and offers.

  • Further Education and Training

    You may have considered doing a course at college but are worried about what money you will have to live on. This advice guide explains what help single parents can get from the college and from benefits while studying further education.

  • Having a baby

    Information about maternity leave, benefits and grants available to single parents in Scotland.

  • Higher Education

    This guide explains the financial help for single parent students from loan, grants and benefits whilst studying at higher education.

  • Housing Options

    This advice guide covers renting, home ownership and what you need to consider if you want to leave or stay in the home you’ve shared with your ex-partner.

  • Just Separated

    This is a useful guide if you have recently separated. It covers questions and issues you may be facing as a single parent.

  • Making arrangements for children

    Information to help you decide on contact and residence arrangements for your children.

  • Universal Credit

    This advice guide has information about universal credit and how the rules apply to single parents.

  • Your income when a child is 16+

    Your income from benefits and child maintenance may stop soon after your child is 16 years old, unless your child is in education or training when they are 16 - 19 years old.

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