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to wonder whether this person could be living on tax credits

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GoldenHaze Tue 27-Sep-11 16:02:17

Absolutely NOT a benefits-bashing post. I'm very jealous and wish I was in this position!

My friend is a SAHM and her DH is a freelance designer. They have a nice house, a cleaner who comes in every week and pay private school fees for their eldest (youngest is a baby). Another friend (who I suspect is being a bit gossipy/bitchy) told me that they live on tax credits.

Is this possible? I don't think they have a lot of spare cash and don't go on flashy holidays or anything, but they certainly don't go without.

shineynewthings Tue 27-Sep-11 16:05:04

I sincerely doubt that Tax credits affords anyone to pay hefty private school fees and a mortgage Where do pepole get these benefit myths from?

GoldenHaze Tue 27-Sep-11 16:06:05

I think it might be a myth too, shineynewthings. The friend who told me is a bit gossipy.

It' just left me wondering.

NinkyNonker Tue 27-Sep-11 16:06:41

What is your question/issue really? Very hard to live on tax credits so I'd be surprised. Child may have a scholarship or bursary. Really don't think it is any of your concern.

kat2504 Tue 27-Sep-11 16:07:44

Nonsense. Anyone who has the income to fund private school fees is waaay too well off to be on tax credits. Anything they do get is probably a very small amount, if they get tax credits at all.

GoldenHaze Tue 27-Sep-11 16:08:36

My question is whether it's possible that tax credits could pay for such a good lifestyle.

No, it's not any of my concern. I'm just curious. blush

GoldenHaze Tue 27-Sep-11 16:10:28

Thanks, I think it's clear then that my friend either has the wrong end of the stick or is just being a snide.

BTW, if my friend was receiving benefits, I don't begrudge her. She looking after her family well and she's not the sort of person to fiddle anything.

NinkyNonker Tue 27-Sep-11 16:10:30

I'd stop listening to gossip and revisit whether a malicious gossiper is a good bet as a friend.

Riveninabingle Tue 27-Sep-11 16:10:36

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ApocalypseCheeseToastie Tue 27-Sep-11 16:10:36

No bloody way, tax credits arent that high !

GoldenHaze Tue 27-Sep-11 16:12:24

Thanks all. I'll steer clear of the goss (unless it's very juicy! wink) in future.

worraliberty Tue 27-Sep-11 16:12:32

For all you know the Grandparents or another family member could be funding the private school.

JenaiMarrHePlaysGuitar Tue 27-Sep-11 16:13:53

Well DP and I are above the TC threshold, both work FT in reasonably well paid jobs, have one child and couldn't afford private education. We could stretch to a cleaner if I didn't spend so much on wine.

Maybe they get £100 TC a year or something and have a miniscule mortgage, or their parents pay the fees?

mumsamilitant Tue 27-Sep-11 16:14:22

I get tax credits and certainly don't have that lifestyle so recon its just gossip.

squidworth Tue 27-Sep-11 16:17:56

There could be a hundred and one reasons, the GP could pay school fees, their mortgage could be paid esp as freelance he could of had high and low years, there could be inheritance. Tax credits does not take into account savings, assets etc. You could not live that life without other circumstances on tax credits.

tethersend Tue 27-Sep-11 16:18:06

Don't worry. They're probably just drug dealers.

Hullygully Tue 27-Sep-11 16:20:08

ooo I want me some a them there tax credits

Lawks I surely do

zukiecat Tue 27-Sep-11 16:21:36

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GetOrfMo1Land Tue 27-Sep-11 16:23:02

Perhaps they are money launderers.

Or sell cocaine to kiddys on street corners.

that would be better gossip than tax credits, and would explain how they can afford their lifestyle.

Ring your snidey mate back up and tell her mumsnet told you they were drug lords, see how quickly that gets around.


JenaiMarrHePlaysGuitar Tue 27-Sep-11 16:43:06

I reckon the SAHM is earning a bit of cash in hand taking mucky phone calls in washing.

That'd cover school fees, surely?

RitaMorgan Tue 27-Sep-11 16:47:00

We have a joint income well below the average and tax credits don't even cover ds's nursery fees.

Kladdkaka Tue 27-Sep-11 16:50:11

I suppose it is possible if they live on bread and water. Depends on how they budget really. For private school you're looking at around £5,000 per term. So £15,000 per year. What's the cut off point for tax credits these days.

LineRunner Tue 27-Sep-11 16:56:08

No, it is not possible to live such a lifestyle on tax credits.


NinkyNonker Tue 27-Sep-11 17:00:25

£5k per term are pretty bargainous school fees I think.

RitaMorgan Tue 27-Sep-11 17:23:44

I guess possibly the husband is telling them he's earning nothing, so he'd get £50ish in WTC, plus some CTC and CB for the kids and council tax benefit/housing benefit.

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