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benefits advice

Discussion in 'Slimming World Off Topic' started by mjmummy, 21 January 2011 Social URL.

  1. mjmummy

    mjmummy Full Member

    i am currently on maternity leave and have to go back to work as we need the money, i was going to work 16 hours a week and claim income support but my husband works more than 24 hours a week so cant claim, how do i find out what to claim and where to go to claim?
    does anyone know please?
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  3. MadameLaMinx

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  4. Jennyonaplate

    Jennyonaplate Gold Member

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    You should be entitled to working tax credits if you have children under 16 and are working more than 16 hours - so that would be one for your husband to look at.

    If you ask the Job Centre, they can do a calculation called 'Better off calculation', which looks at what you're getting now, what you're entitled to, and how it would change doing different levels of work - sometimes the difference between 1/2 hour can make the difference of a couple of hundred pounds a month.
  5. Fulltum

    Fulltum Silver Member

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    Check out entitledto.com it will tell you about CTC, WTC and housing benefit and what you are entitled to :)
  6. jaylou

    jaylou Gold Member

    This is sooooooooo wrong!!! :mad:
    It really is a crazy system isn't it?

    Depending on what your husband earns (I'm not asking, by the way) you should be entitled to some sort of tax credits - I think if the joint income is under 48K then you get something, even if it's the £50 odd pound a month.
    I'm no expert, I only got it for a small amount of time.
  7. Jennyonaplate

    Jennyonaplate Gold Member

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    I used to work with people on benefits, and sometimes the smallest difference in hours means they can actually afford to go back to work. I always thought a more graduated system would make sense, rather than a straight cut-off for entitlements. We had people who were desperate to work, but because of the hours available, just meant they would be worse off - Bonkers system!!
  8. jaylou

    jaylou Gold Member

    ^^^ Yep, completely agree. Our whole benefits system is a crazy minefield. I'm not going to go there! Just hope OP gets sorted out :)
  9. mjmummy

    mjmummy Full Member

    thanks, just called them they were very helpful
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