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My name is Clare
I shall do my best to help you but I need some further details first
How old are the children?
Where does your husband work and how much does he earn?
Where does your father work and how much does he earn?
My apologies - I meant THEIR father - your husband
How is he funded ?
I appreciate that you are separated but the fact is that your options are limited.
You can certainly apply for Job Seekers allowance and for Child Tax Credits
You can check your entitlements here
They can be applied for online
If you are not eligible for Job seekers then you will be eligible for Income Support
However you are also entitled to money from your husband which is why I am asking about him.
Please ask if you need further details
I am sorry but this IS the way that you get help from the government.
Child Benefit is the only benefit you get simply because you have children and I assume that you already get that
You are also entitled to Child Tax Credits because you have children and no other income
You can find out how much you will get here
However because your youngest child is over 5 any other benefits you wish to claim depends on you being willing to work - hence the need for you to apply for the Job Seekers Allowance
This is a basic requirement for you to receive any money for yourself from the government