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My ex-partner and I share care of our children but I am concerned to return them to their mum as she works in a care home where there is COVID-19. Should I return them to her and is it safe to continue to share their care while she is working in the care home?


Is it OK for me to take my daughter to see her father who lives across the border in England? He thinks its OK but I’m not sure and don’t want to go against government guidelines.


I get child and working tax credits. Do I have to tell HMRC that I have been furloughed from work?

Benefits, Coronavirus, Money

We share care of our child 50/50 and therefore don’t pay each other maintenance. During the coronavirus our child is with me all the time. What happens with child maintenance in this situation?

Coronavirus, Money

I’ve had to self isolate and my work aren’t paying me. What should I do?

Benefits, Coronavirus, Health and wellbeing, Money

I am working from home, but have my child to look after. My employer is now suggesting I take unpaid leave if I am unable to commit to the shifts I have been given. What are my rights?

Children, Coronavirus

During the coronavirus lock down do I still have to look for work and apply for jobs to get universal credit? I am not able to do this but worry that I will be sanctioned and my universal credit will stop.

Benefits, Coronavirus

I’m a single parent shielding with my daughter who has Autism and ADHD. We are in the house constantly using more gas and electricity. I’m worried my bill’s will go up over this coronavirus time. What can I do?

Coronavirus, Money

My 5 children and I are self isolating in Fife as I am recovering from Covid-19. Where can I get help with having shopping delivered as I can’t go out of the house and have no other help?


I am self employed but unable to work because of Coronovirus. I expect to get the 80% from Gov in June. Can I claim universal credit now till June?

Benefits, Coronavirus

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