Stories from the breadline. A more stable job cost us our tax credits.

(33 Posts)
Darkesteyes Sun 18-Nov-12 17:55:33

I think the whole situation families are finding themselves in is appalling but i did get a bit annoyed with the father in this scenario after reading this.
Maybe im overreacting. Im as lefty as they come btw. Its just that this reads to me like the mother is expected to make the sacrifices but the father being expected to go without his sport would cause problems in the relationship.

www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/nov/18/family-finance-tax-credits-lost?CMP=twt_fd&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=dlvr.it

InNeedOfBrandy Sun 18-Nov-12 19:12:57

This must be bullshit, do they not know simple maths 4x100 =400 - 200 = 200 so they still have the same money coming in with the H having a regular wage.

Sky sports is more then £24 pm

bananas cost less then crisps or kitkats

Only thing in the article that made any sense was you eat crap and you want crap, feed the kids crap and they want crap.

ifso Sun 18-Nov-12 19:16:13

um...she has hair extensions...not the cheapest to maintain

nuff said, this article winds me up too much to post anything else. They need a week crash course in logical living more than anything else

TiredBooyhoo Sun 18-Nov-12 19:23:23

the hair extensions could be the cheapy clip in ones?

also my sky is £12.something a month (it's the cheapest) for the first 6 months of joining. it will go up to £25 after that. is it possible they have the same package as me but with a sports add on? <i know zero about sky except for how much mine costs>

SmellsLikeTeenStrop Sun 18-Nov-12 19:50:15

Wait a second, isn't it the case that tax credits are worked out using last years income. So the amount you get 2012/2013 is based on income from 2011/2012? The income from this new job wouldn't be factored in yet, that'll be used to work out TC for 2013/2014.

ifso Sun 18-Nov-12 20:02:52

good point smells. looks like another piece of lazy journalism

Sarahplane Sun 18-Nov-12 20:20:16

He's clearly a selfish arse and they're both wrong in what their thinking about food. They can eat healthily on that food budget we do. Their still £50 a week better off than they were before and just because they don't get tax credits now doesn't mean they won't qualify when they have to pay for childcare unless their combined income would be over £40k when she goes back to work they'd still get some help toasted they childcare. Not sure if that £24,500 income is before or after she goes back to work. If that's what they'll be on after she goes back to work then that's what me and dh earn, 2 kids (1 at school, one at nursery), child care costs are the same and we still get enough tax credits to cover the child care. If that £24,500 is before she goes back to work then surely they'll be better off than they are now when she goes back to work even factoring in the nursery fees.

niceguy2 Sun 18-Nov-12 21:45:46

Just call Sky up and threaten to cancel. My package was £25 a month. It's now £13 a month because I told them to stick it. I don't watch it. Even £13 seems OTT to be honest.

Then use the £13 a month saved to stick a banana or an apple in their son's lunchbox every day.

There you go. He still has his Sky sports hmm and child has fruit. Win-Win

SmellsLikeTeenStrop Sun 18-Nov-12 21:55:26

Is it £13 a month permanently? I've done that before but only got the reduction for 6 months.

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