the difference between working 15 hours and 16 hours?

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  1. beatnick

    beatnick Well-Known Member

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    sorry if this is in the wrong place! Does anyone know what happens if you go back to work at 15 or 16 hours? what difference does it make?

    Im looking at my part time work hours and Im confused about this threshold?

    I need to get z into a nursery and its sooooo confusing!:shrug:
     
  2. Celesse

    Celesse Well-Known Member

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    Don't you need to work 16 hours to be entitled to child tax credits towards child care?
     
  3. bathbabe

    bathbabe Mum to 3 boys

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    I thought it was 16hours to be entitled to Working Tax credits??
     
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    I think from april its being put up from 16 to 24 due to the changes x
     
  5. Celesse

    Celesse Well-Known Member

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    Seriuosly? Well then I'll be quitting work in April. As will I'm guessing a lot of other mum's.
     
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    RainbowDrop_x Well-Known Member

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    You need to work 16 hours to qualify for working tax credit I know it's changing in April but I was told that that rule only applies to NEW applicants not EXISTING... I don't know how true that is though.
     
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    Im going back in June, and according to the tax credit people, it doesn't matter if I go back 16hrs per week, 20hrs per week, or not at all, I'm entitled to the same amount - £20 per week!! Go figure! :(
     
  8. gingajewel

    gingajewel Mommy to Megan

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    Im so worried that they are changing it - has anybody got a link so i can have a read? Surely they cant just change it for exsisting claims can they??

    xx
     
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    gingajewel Mommy to Megan

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    Same here!! I think (like me) it will be cos of your hubbys salary - ie. you automatically drop into the 'basic award' band, regardless of how much you earn/intend to earn. Shit aint it.
     
  12. ILoveShoes

    ILoveShoes Well-Known Member

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    Lisa9999 - yep, I think that's it! It's a joke, tbh. DH has a good job - but he doesn't have an amazing salary, in my opinion. Plus, when I go back to work, we'll be paying £250 a month in nursery fees (which we're not entitled to any help with) so we'll be much worse off than before. I'm only going back 20hrs per week, I was full time pre-LO.
    xx
     
  13. beatnick

    beatnick Well-Known Member

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    ok so it doesnt make any difference anymore?

    Im trying to work out what benefits we will get based on salaries and seeing where the point is that it becomes pointless working more hours (hope that makes sense)

    I have done some online calculators but i need some simple answers....
     
  14. babz1986

    babz1986 Well-Known Member

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    aaaaggghhh its so confusing!!! if we ring the tax office up now do you think they'll be able to calculate what we'll be entitled to???

    I'm due to go back in May and obviously all the changes would of taken place then.. but obviously I need to plan in order to figure out what to do!

    I read that website and I find its all a bit mind boggling to be honest lol

    ILoveshoes - I find that shocking that if you don't go back to work that you'll still only be entitled to £20..
     
  15. Celesse

    Celesse Well-Known Member

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    Taken from: https://www.hmrc.gov.uk/leaflets/wtc2.pdf A guide to Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit (the 2010/2011 edition).

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    Taken from: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-11621984
     
  16. beatnick

    beatnick Well-Known Member

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    all i can hear in my head is the magic roundabout playing.

    lalalalalalalallalalllala

    if i ignore it will it just get sorted out for me? shall i call my dad? :)
     
  17. Celesse

    Celesse Well-Known Member

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    What would help is a benefits calculator for 2011/2012 but I can't find one.

    I think the basis of it is that to get your child care paid for you need to work at least 16 hours a week and if you have a partner then you both need to work 16 hours a week. The 24hour a week bit mentioned by the BBC refers to other parts of working tax credits, not the child care bit. But how much you get is going to depend on how much your partner works. And anything your entitled to this financial year will be less next financial year cos of the Con-Dem Government.
     

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