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help with claiming benefits

mihaelamihaela Member Posts: 2 Listener
Hi,
I am 32 years old woman.I live with my partner and our 7 months daughter.
I tried to claiming WTC,Housing and council tax support but from 5 months the answer is No.
I am looking after our little one-my maternity payment is end 3 days ago.Also my Child tax credit will be ending on 30th this month get  Child benefit.I am not working.My partner is working only 30 hours.Can you help me,please?

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  • BenefitsTrainingCoBenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,692 Pioneering

    Hi mihaela,

    Am I right in assuming that these benefits have been refused as the benefits agencies are saying you have too much income?

    If this is the case, bear in mind that Tax Credits look in the first instance at your PREVIOUS tax year (so now, in 2017/18, they are looking at your income April 2016-April 2017). You say your Maternity pay is ending now, so if it was the case that in that relevant tax year you were on a much higher pay, a simple reconsideration to the Tax Credit office with a reliable prediction of this tax year's income may do the trick.

    Housing Benefit and Council Tax reduction are simply income assessed on current income, so check that the figures they have used and the make up of the household is correct, but if it is, then this refusal may be right - you have not given indication of what your partner is paid, or I would have given some vague sums to demonstrate.

    If your refusals are for some other reason then please do let us know!!

    Kind regards,

    Mary

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