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Full time work and benefits

Postby littlelady » Fri Mar 01, 2013 3:20 pm

Does anyone know if you can claim benefits if your working full time with fibro? Thanks
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Re: Full time work and benefits

Postby AJay71 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 4:06 pm

Most benefits are income related, like housing benefits, council tax benefit, job seekers allowance, income support etc etc.

But disability living allowance is not. You can claim DLA if you have a disability (which fibro is) if it impacts on your quality of life and you are unable to do normal daily activities safely, repeatedly and in a timely fashion. Some people get DLA and still work.

Anyone with children can claim child tax credit. Anyone working, with or without kids, can claim working tax credits, obviously the amount you get is dependant on how much you earn, how many children you have and how many hours you work.

Anyone on a low wage can apply for housing and council tax benefit even if you are in the private rented sector (it's called local housing allowance). The amount is dependant on how many bedrooms you are entitled to and the postcode you live in, then they work out how much you can get depending on how much you earn.

Employment and support allowance (ESA) is replacing incapacity benefit for people unable to work. Big upsets with this at the moment. I won't go in to it just now..... unless anyone wants me to?

Hope that helps a bit.

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Re: Full time work and benefits

Postby AJay71 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 4:37 pm

Oh... I should've said that DLA is being replaced by PIP; Personal Independence Payment. This will start for all new claims in April this year. So if you want to apply for the old style DLA you should phone for a claim pack this month, preferably as soon as possible.
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Re: Full time work and benefits

Postby FluppyPuffy » Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:42 pm

The best thing to do would be to have an assessment done with a benefits adviser. They will be able to tell what you could be eligible to claim and may even be able to help you thru the claims process.

A bit of Googlying your area and benefits advice should bring up which organisations could help you find out more info.

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