Hello, I have an almost 3 year old and a 5 month old. I am currently in receipt of income support and child tax credits. For various reasons I would like to come off income support. Just wondering if you have to receive income support to keep getting child tax credits, or do they come as an all or nothing type of thing?
What are the qualifications for child tax credits?
Nope. You get working tax credits and child tax credits instead of income support and child tax credits. The working tax credit is dependent upon your income and hours worked though. There's no qualifications for child tax credits.
You can still get housing and council tax benefit if you're working, it just depends on how much you earn. You're not entitled to income support if you're working but you can earn a very small amount whilst claiming income support, if that makes sense. I think it's £20 a week but you're best off going to the CAB and getting them to check your benefits.
The plan is to get back with my ex, however he is in the military & lives at work. I do not want to be solely financially dependant on him while I'm not working & to be honest Military wages wouldn't cover our joint outgoings anyway, but I no I can't get income support if I'm not a single parent so am confused. He has always contributed a chunk of my rent even when we split & the other part is covered by housing benefit. I'm currently trying to set up my own business so I can come off all benefits as I hate the whole system, but right now I'm not in a position to and with a 5 month old really don't want to be falsed to go out to work again just so I can have my family back together Things are right as it is and u have a horrible feeling by us getting back together it will be financially impossible. Am I missing something?
Yes iv declared the extra income. There's a difference between what I get from housing benefit and my actually rent and he pays the difference. Housing benefit and income support are both fine with this as it's not money that I actually see it goes in my account and 24 hours later comes out for rent.
That's crazy, you can get housing benefit if you work and are on a low income but not if you don't work but are not in receipt of income support?
Is there a benefit for people who are not single and not working but not living with their partner?
Sorry for all the questions. I haven't been on benefits long, it's brilliant that we have them but god they are confusing, and seem to be harder to get off them than get on them which is crazy to me
You can get housing benefit if you don't work and don't get income Support. The amount of housing benefit you get is based on the amount of income you have, whether or not you are benefits. Getting income support simply meant you are 'pass ported' to maximum housing benefit. If you are not getting income support you will have to show proof of what you are living on - eg bank statements. If you are living as a couple then your partners income will be taken into account. It would be a good idea to go to your nearest CAB and ask them to do a calculation of your benefit entitlement.
Ps - if you get back together with your ex you will need to stop your single tax credit claim and start a joint one - you may be entitled to working tax credit as well as child tax credit if his income is low
My dsis has a long term partner, they dont live together, all her benefits are claimed as a single person but he sometimes stays over at her house 5 or 6 nights a week. Im a bit worried that she will get in to trouble.
If you are coming off IS based on the fact that you are in a relationship and feel you are no longer entitled to them then you need to notify tax credits too and they will base any amount you get on your partners income as well. You will no longer be entitled to the single claim you currently have. If he is not moving in and his permanent address will not be yours you can keep your benefits just now. The system is not really set up for couples living apart. It assumes you are single and supporting yourself or in a relationship and your partner is supporting you.