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i am debating quiting my job and going back on benefits to concentrate on studying. can you still work if you are claiming income support?

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juicychops Fri 07-Aug-09 10:17:24

if so, how is it worked out? hours per week or amount of money earnt per week?

just getting stressed out with juggling work and childcare. when ds starts school in sept i will have to be rushing to work and back in order to fit my contracted hours in and then there is the half terms and holidays to sort out every time and im getting so worked up ans stressed about it

info on working and income support greatly appreciated thanks

expatinscotland Fri 07-Aug-09 10:31:22

IIRC, you'll only get the full whack during non-term times, otherwise it's grants and loans to live on.

and you can only earn a very, very slim amount from work and still get any IS at all.

expatinscotland Fri 07-Aug-09 10:31:22

IIRC, you'll only get the full whack during non-term times, otherwise it's grants and loans to live on.

and you can only earn a very, very slim amount from work and still get any IS at all.

cordonbleugh Fri 07-Aug-09 10:38:46

you can earn £25 per week before they start cutting down your income support - I work 4 hours on a saturday morning, get £100 per month to top up my income.

If you're studying with OU, being on income support will make you automatically eligible for financial support to pay course fees etc.

lou031205 Fri 07-Aug-09 10:41:43

As a lone parent you can still get income support if you are a student, but your income (from grants, loans etc) get taken into account. You can work up to 16 hours per week.

expatinscotland Fri 07-Aug-09 10:42:50

some people on here have also experienced a reduction in housing and council tax benefit during term times, so watch out for this.

thesilverlining Mon 24-Aug-09 13:44:42

oo good to know that about the OU

GypsyMoth Mon 24-Aug-09 13:54:34

i have done ou. they give alot of help. definitely look into it. you can do a degrre really quickly if you are organised enough.

floatyjosmum Sun 30-Aug-09 17:38:40

depends what level u want to study at, when i was at college i got income support and then a grant on top which didnt affect my benefits (was £400 for the year),
but when i was at uni the followign year i was not entitled to income support as i had a student loan to live on, even if you dont claim the loan you still cant get benefits as they would say that you have an income.
if ur doing ou it wouldnt affect anything as they dont give you any financial support.

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