Hi ladies, whilst on Mat leave and currently still classed as working we applied for and got a mortgage and have made an offer which was accepted. Now in theory I really need to go back to work full time. I work for min wage and need at least £800 a month to live on which means I have about £400 to spend on child care, I can't find child care in this range for full time. It's more he other way round £800 for child care and I'm left with 400 odd!! If I didn't go back to work does anyone know if I can claim any benefits for a while until I can find something else? My husband is self employed and brings home the same as me. I feel at a loose end. My mat doesn't finish until after as but I'm trying to get organised.