So...I was made redundant a couple of months ago and started a new job s couple of weeks ago. Well after I've done my maths.. I only got left around £650 after I've deducted childcare and petrol. That's not enough at all... So what type of benefits can I claim? I know my rent is way above the threshold for benefits but I moved in before I was made redundant. I work in theory 35 hours a week... Minimum wage. My previous salary was 40k . Divorced, custody is 50/50 so no money from ex. And one 7 year old DD thanks!
Try entitled to as a previous poster has said. Hard to know what you would be entitled to without knowing your actual salary but wtc and ctc possibly. Maybe a percentage of the LHA rate for two bedrooms although this will be based upon salary and benefits you receive together.
You could still get LHA, just not at a rate above the limit for your area. You won't get the full amount as you're working. If you're on minimum wage with a child you'll get some working tax and child tax credits as well. That may not cover the shortfall in rent though I'm afraid.
No, they won't deny you it altogether. Unless you have savings over £6k. If you aren't in a UC area get on the phone to tax credits tomorrow and also your council for HB/LHA. Also when you get your LHA award through, apply for a discretionary housing payment, which is as it sounds - it's a fund to make up some of the shortfall, awarded on a discretionary basis. Might only be a few quid extra a week even if you get it at all but better than nothing.
If you do apply for a dhp it will ask you on the form if you can move to a property that has smaller rent. Usually it's not a huge amount awarded unfortunately bar the odd few. Childcare is taken into consideration as an outgoing that reduces the household income for hb though so that's a plus.
The government gateway website is so easy to use to update working and child tax credits, sitting on the phone trying to get through to them is soul destroying.