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Council Tax benefit now taking maintenance into account...

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mama2moo Sun 17-Feb-13 19:43:13

How is this fair? It basically means that £77 of my childrens money will now have to pay my council tax bill.

Has anyone received a letter about this? I hope they dont take this into account for other things that help me out.

Foxy800 Sat 02-Mar-13 09:34:22

I have had letter on this and it will count in our area, but it depends on the area, not everyone in the country is affected by it.

Cavort Sat 02-Mar-13 09:50:33

Maintenance must be income because some mortgage lender will allow RP's to use it towards the affordability calculations. Yes it's rubbish when you are relying on an unreliable NRP but you can't have it both ways.

whateveritakes Sat 02-Mar-13 11:01:22

Cavort Mortgage lenders will be looking at individual cases though. It's their job to assess if erratic payments can be counted towards income or not.
Council tax will use a blanket assessment of income.

I agree that it may be too much. Supermarket prices are noticeably higher and petrol is ridiculous. Lone parents are effected more because they have less choice than a couple (who have two people to potentially work/do childcare/give up the car etc). Once a lone parent has budgeted as low as they can that's it. There isn't much more you can do.

mumandboys123 Sat 02-Mar-13 14:06:08

I agree that some NRPs eventually get caught up with...but how long does it take? I'm at 4 years and counting. We all know where my ex is....he doesn't do tax returns so no info held on him at the HMRC...court systems gives chance after chance after chance...

Whilst there is 'law' in place to stop NRPs behaving in this way, the reality is if you don't want to pay maintenance and you're prepared to duck and dive, you don't pay maintenance. In the meantime, my life is assessed in such a way that my ex is actually paying? No, that's not fair. And that's why maintenance isn't taken into account for anything anymore - way too many children living in false poverty on an on/off basis for much of their childhood.

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