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Annie ThorpeAnnie Thorpe
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Hi, I’m a single mum and work in hospitality. Where I worked has closed and I’ve lost all sources of income. Am I allowed to ask for furloughed pay from my employer and also apply for childcare benefits? My furloughed pay wouldn’t be enough to cover all my rent and bill costs.

Hi Amy,

Do you have a permanent contract with your place of work, or was it a zero hours one? Have they furloughed other staff? If you have a permanent contract, they must pay you your salary, make you officially redundant, or officially furlough you to receive 80% pay.

You can apply for benefits if your furloughed pay is a low income. It all depends on your assets (savings) as well as your income – but it’s definitely worth applying in case you’re eligible!