- why is she here? so the kids can see their father and because she didn't want to be left behind in Poland
Why didn't he go back ? Why isn't he helping her ?
Child benefit, yes. Family tax credit, yes. Council tax benefit, working tax credit, housing benefit? I think yes, but what does that depend on? Does she have to have been here for 6 months?
How long has her husband been here for ? I think he would need to be here a year before they can claim anything. The fact that they are no longer together will be a factor, but these days single-mums get a better deal than couples who stay together, so it may work in her favour.
She needs to find her nearest benefit office and go and find out the situation and start filling in the forms.
Please don't give me a lot of talk about how she shouldn't be coming on the system ... enough Brits do, and she is only accessing a perfectly legal reciprocal social security system between the UK and Poland.
What would an unemployed single-mum from Britain get if she pitched up in Poland asking the way to the benefits office ?