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if i needed to go on benefits in a few months time what would i be entitled to and how much money would this bring in

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copingvquietly Fri 25-Jul-08 13:28:13

im needing to start to think whether returning to work is going to be the best thing for me.so i need to weigh up the financial side of things.

any help or figures would be great.thanks

LIZS Fri 25-Jul-08 13:31:53

have a look at entitledto

ThatBigGermanPrison Fri 25-Jul-08 13:32:58

Depends on your rent - they won't pay a mortgage.

YOu should get IS at £60 pw
Child tax credit @ £40 pw (£55 ish until j is 1)
Child benefit @ £18 pw

Total of £118 per week.

They will probably pay your rent and council tax. Depends on how expensive your accomodation is.

YOu would be better off with a job if you can get one though.

put your details in here

copingvquietly Fri 25-Jul-08 13:47:01

is there a maximum that they will pay for rent wise?mine is £400 a month

MumtoPhoebeboo Fri 25-Jul-08 14:02:58

Normally Child Tax Credit is paid at £60 per week I think.

You can see what the maximum limit for paying rent is at this website -

https://lha-direct.therentservice.gov.uk/Secure/LHASearchIntro.aspx

If you make an appointment with a Lone Parent Advisor at your local Job Centre then they can do a "Better Off" calculation that will show you what you'll get financially if you go back to work.

Depending on how many hours you plan to work and how much you'll be paid, it's not always financially worth-while in going back to work. If you work less than sixteen hours, you won't get Working Tax Credit and you could only be marginally better off even though you're working quite a few hours.

Hope this helps smile

copingvquietly Fri 25-Jul-08 15:19:27

thats really helpful.thankyousmile

clarebear1 Sun 27-Jul-08 21:48:34

Theyve recently changed the way they do there ousing benefit now if u needed this,
They now have set prices for how much they would be willing to pay depending on how many rooms its got. O got a form from my local benefit office about it.
The rent now gets paid to u instead of straight to the landlord if you are new to the housing thing.

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