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Adoption Allowance

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2old2beamum Tue 15-Oct-13 20:42:37

Am posting for several adoptive parents of so called "hard to place" children. Does adoption allowance affect income support or child tax credit? TIA

RationalThought Tue 15-Oct-13 21:25:10

From my LA website:

An Adoption Allowance is disregarded in full for Pension Credit, Income Support, Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related) and Income Based Jobseekers Allowance, unless your benefit still includes amounts for children included in your claim since before 6 April 2004 and for whom you do not yet have a claim for Child Tax Credits.

For all working age clients’ claims to LHA, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit, it is taken into account up to the level of the adopted child’s personal allowance and any disabled child premium and anything above that is ignored.

Adoption Allowance is disregarded in full for pension age clients for Housing and Council Tax Benefit claims.

Child Benefit and Child Tax Credits may be payable as long as payments of Adoption Allowance do not include monies paid under Section 23 of The Children’s Act, towards the maintenance and accommodation costs.

lookingforbaubles Thu 17-Oct-13 19:52:10

adoption does affect income support if claim for the child -but not the adult (parent) part

child tax credits ignore it completely so if you get the income support element for children, put in a self transfer over to child tax credits

so you end up with income support for the adult and child tax credit for the children

i have bitter experience with this!!

2old2beamum Thu 17-Oct-13 20:35:13

Thanks for your help honestly no one in the DSS can give a consistent answer. Need to study Section 23 it is just a quagmire.

"looking for baubles" we too have had a very nasty experience,

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