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Old Jun 12th, 2013, 12:50 PM   1
TwilightAgain
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Can I claim?


Housing benefit and job seekers if my OH works full time and earning 16,000? I feel horrid not being able to contribute to the bills and the job centre told me that I may not be able to claim job seekers - though the estimate calculator said we may claim around 350.

Our rent is 550 alone.

Any input? I've never done anything like this before so i'm a bit clueless.



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Old Jun 13th, 2013, 07:58 AM   2
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I'd try at least to apply as the people in the job centre aren't always the best. Just don't get your hopes up. Are you actively seeking work? If so, you may be able to go for contributions only and work just on your own income. Worth a go.

What about tax credits? Working tax credits are for under 17.5k so may also be worth a try, as is housing benefit.

In my view the benefits system is there to help, so you may as well apply, and the worst they can say is no.



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Old Jun 13th, 2013, 08:36 AM   3
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Very true

I am looking for work, and I may be going back to uni in September to do a postgraduate (waiting to hear back) but in the mean time i'm stuck for money.

I'll give it a try, thank you.



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Old Jun 15th, 2013, 02:14 AM   4
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You might be entitled to contribution based which is based on your national insurance payments



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Old Jun 15th, 2013, 12:47 PM   5
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I think it will depend on where you live really for HB and as for working tax you should be able to claim a small amount. As a guide my OH was earning 15.5 and I think we got 70ish per month 2012/2013 tax year. If you have just finished uni you probably won't gave paid enough NI in last two years for contribution based JSA and as you are couple you won't get income based JSA as they will tell you to make a joint claim for working tax. It us worth trying for HB and when you apply for working tax they may be able to backdate payments up to 3 months. It's tough living on a low wage as a couple but it is possible. Get the app for tax credit in ASAP as it's renewal time at the moment so they're extra busy.



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Old Jun 20th, 2013, 05:42 AM   6
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I know how you feel! Our rent is 550 and OH pays all the bills and i feel so bad. The only thing i seem to be entitled to is JSA and my local job centre is over 30 mins away!



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Old Jun 22nd, 2013, 07:03 AM   7
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Our situation is the same as OP but OH earns 15000. I work at the minute but will need to stop due to pregnancy related issues. Am I entitled to anything? Does it make a difference that I have a child on the way?



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Old Jun 22nd, 2013, 18:03 PM   8
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OH got contribution based JSA last year, but we got no help with rent or council tax. That was with me on 12.5k and our rent was 300 a month.

However he had to show he was actively seeking employment every 2 weeks.



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Old Jun 26th, 2013, 15:42 PM   9
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You will be entitled to tax credits on that income hun! I get them and I have other income. No idea about rent or council tax benefits though.



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Old Jun 28th, 2013, 02:22 AM   10
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My worries were unnecessary, I got a job had my first day yesterday. So feeling a million times better about things



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