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RBS backs guide for lone parents

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group is sponsoring a free guide explaining the state benefits and tax incentives available to single parents.

The guide, published by the National Council for One Parent Families, includes contacts to other support agencies as well as practical information.

It explains the new tax credit system which is due to replace the working families tax credit and other benefits for children from April 2003.

It also includes information about the different state benefits available, who is eligible for them and how they work and details on the New Deal for Lone Parents.

For single parents with more specific queries, there is information on benefits for children with a disability, on getting help with NHS costs and social fund applications.

The RBS Group donated £500,000 towards setting up a freefone helpline in March. The helpline gives parents access to a database of support in their area.

There are also financial specialists on hand on Mondays and Thursdays from 11am until 2pm and on Tuesdays from 3pm until 6pm. Call the helpline on 0800 018 5026 for information and a copy of the guide.

RBS Group head of public affairs & community investment Allan Watt says: “The benefits and taxation systems are well known for their complexity. Lone parents need simple but well written guides which explain the facts clearly and which enable them to get what they are entitled to support their children.

“We hope this guide and the freefone helpline will make a real difference to the lives of many lone parents.”

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