Tax Credit 2012 Changes: Child Tax Credit 2012

Did you know that the rules regarding tax credits are changing from 6 April 2012?

Rules surrounding working hours, income limits and the amount of time that payments can be backdated are all changing in a few months time and you should be prepared.

Our guide looks at the major changes to tax credits that come into force in April 2012.

Changes to the income limits for Child Tax Credit

At present, Child Tax Credit payments depend on your income and on your personal circumstances.  You can normally receive some tax credit as long as your income is under £41,300.

However, from 6 April 2012, this limit will be lower for most people.  As a rough guide, you might not be able to get child tax credit from 6 April 2012 if:

  • You have one child and your annual income is over around £26,000
  • You have two children and your annual income is over around £32,200

Bear in mind that these limits are not definite and that you may receive more or less Child Tax Credits depending on your own situation.  For example, from April 2012 you could still qualify if your income is higher than these amounts if you pay for approved childcare or if you have more than two children.

Changes to working hours rules for Working Tax Credit

If you are responsible for at least one child and you work at least 16 hours per week you can get Working Tax Credit.

However, from April 2012, the rules for couples with at least one child are changing.  From April, your joint working hours will normally need to be at least 24 hours per week.

This will mean:

  • If only one of you work, that person has to work at least 24 hours per week
  • If you both work you have to work a total of 24 hours per week with one of you working at least 16 hours per week

If neither of these apply, your working tax credit will stop from 6 April 2012 – although there are some exceptions to these rules.

Changes to how far Tax Credit payments can be backdated

Currently, when you make a new claim for Tax Credits, the Tax Credit Office can backdate your claim for up to three months before they receive your claim form.

However, from 6 April 2012, this ‘backdating’ period will reduce to one month.  This means that if the Tax Credit Office receives your claim on or after 6 April 2012, they will only be able to backdate it up to one month.

This will affect you if you delay making a tax credit claim.  For example, if you have a baby on 1 August 2012 but you do not submit your Tax Credit claim until 1 November 2012, your payments will only start from 1 October 2012 (not 1 August 2012 as they do currently).  You will therefore lose two month’s Tax Credit payments.

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252 Responses to “Tax Credit 2012 Changes: Child Tax Credit 2012”

  1. Susan B
    31. Oct, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    Hi there. Are the actual amounts of tax credits people will receive changing as well in April 2012?

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    • admin
      31. Oct, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

      Susan – Thanks for your question. According to Government information, there will be changes to some of the tax credits rates although these are not definite yet.

      As a guide, the DirectGov website says that ‘the maximum amount of the child element of Child Tax Credit may go up from £2,555 to around £2,665.’

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      • Cheryl
        28. Jan, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

        Hi I am currently on maternity leave due to return to work in March. I currently work 16 hours a week and my husband is out of work, he has been trying like mad to get a job for the last year with no luck. What help will we receive once the WTC stops in April???

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        • David
          23. Feb, 2012 at 11:27 am #

          im in a simular situation as yourself, but i work 20hrs and my wife looks after my children. i cant get additional hours so how will i fair?

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  2. Graham
    12. Nov, 2011 at 11:43 pm #

    Hi. Will the working hours minimum of 16 hours per week change for lone parents in April 2012?

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    • lyn
      11. Feb, 2012 at 8:47 am #

      From 6 April 2012, you’ll need to be working the following hours to qualify for Working Tax Credit.

      If you are not responsible for at least one child

      You – or your partner if you’ve got one – will need to work at least:

      30 hours a week
      16 hours a week – if you’re aged 60 or over, or you’re entitled to the ‘disability element’ of Working Tax Credit
      If you’re responsible for at least one child

      You’ll still qualify for Working Tax Credit if either of the following applies:

      you’re single and working at least 16 hours a week
      you’re in a couple, and meet the new hours rules for couples – see the section above

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    • Sally
      11. Feb, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

      Hi Graham, did you get a reply to this as I am a lone parent and working 16 hrs a week, been trying really hard to get full time but nothing available at work. Im really worried about this situation!

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      • caroline
        12. Feb, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

        No, lone parents will continue to be eligible for working tax credit so long as they work at least 16 hours a week. An exception will also be made in those cases where a couple includes a disabled worker or a worker aged 60 or above, and to some cases where one member of a couple is unable to work due to their own illness or disa

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      • fran
        13. Feb, 2012 at 9:34 am #

        It says the rules for couples are changing so i think singles parents will still be 16 hours.

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      • Carole
        13. Feb, 2012 at 10:22 am #

        Hi Sally and Graham

        I have always been single and have adopted a child. I currently work 18 hours and like yourselves are very worried. Non of the websites are very clear. I have seen some comments which suggest we are ok, but I would like to be able to see a definitive answer somewhere which is reputable

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      • Sue
        20. Feb, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

        Hi. I have just taken out a mortgage as they took my working tax credits into account to get it. I work 16 hours a week and am a single mum of two. I am so worried now that i will loose our home!

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        • elaine
          08. Mar, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

          i think single parents are ok, its just couples that are affected. i have been looking everywhere for more info, but only ever mentions couples

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      • Ian
        20. Feb, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

        Hi Sally
        From what I have been told and understand from here lone us parents will not be affected by these changes. The changes are for couples with children. As usual, the people at the top are being economical with the truth and are trying to confuse everyone.
        I hope this helps you and good luck.
        Ian

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      • disneyjinx
        21. Feb, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

        hi
        if you go on to usdaw website i have just found out that lone parents can still get tax credits working 16 hours per week … this does not affect single parents, only couples

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      • sarah
        25. Feb, 2012 at 9:52 am #

        hi sally as a lone parent you will still be ok the changes are for couples only the lone parent 16 hours per week rule still applies

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    • Mandy
      13. Feb, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

      I am also a lone parent currently working 20 hours per week and was very concerned about the upcoming changes. After speaking to an advisor at the tax credits office I can confirm that the increase of hours to 24 per week will only apply to couples. If you are a lone parent then the qualifying hours will remain at 16 per week…..thank god!!

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      • Lisa
        02. Mar, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

        Thank you Mandy for clarifying that for me and other lone parents. I work much more than the 16 hours a week, but needed to know where I stand as my hours in my job are about to change. You would of thought HMRC would of had the common sense to put on the web pages that for Lone parents there is no change, instead of putting the frighteners on everyone.

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    • angela
      14. Feb, 2012 at 8:33 am #

      Hi Graham- in answer to your question – no it wont as long as you are a single parent the 16 hours rule will stand – the 24 hours rule only applies to couples.

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    • Karen
      17. Feb, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

      Hi I couldnt find any info on this on the web so I called Tax Credits, they said that this change will not affect lone parents we will still qualify working 16hrs, it’s couples who have to have a joint minimum of 24hrs. Phew!!!

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  3. jo n
    21. Nov, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

    hi im currently on maternity leave due back to work may 2012, ive recieved a letter stating that i need to be working 24 hours a week to continue receiving my working tax credits!! i usually work 21 hours per week and my partner does not work, does this nean im going to lose my tax credits for the sake of 3 hours!!

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    • leona
      13. Feb, 2012 at 9:22 am #

      Sounds like it Jo. Is your husband registered disabled?

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  4. Nicola
    21. Nov, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

    Hi,
    I’m a single mum, I work 24hrs pw, pay for approved child care and earn £15,500 a year. How will these changes affect me?

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    • vera
      30. Jan, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

      You will still qualify as you work over 16 hours any way and single. child care cost will be reduced from 80% to 70%. The 16 hour rule only applies to couples.

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    • gemma
      16. Mar, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

      they wont as long as u do 24hrs a week.

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  5. Et
    25. Nov, 2011 at 6:23 pm #

    Hi. Do single mams working 16 hours get affected to?

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    • lyn
      11. Feb, 2012 at 9:00 am #

      No if you are single you still only have to work 16 hours a week minimum, it only affects couples who now have to make up 24 hours between them one person in the couple has to work at least 16 hours they can do all 24 but the 2nd person in the couple can do the extra 8 hours

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    • caroline
      12. Feb, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

      No, lone parents will continue to be eligible for working tax credit so long as they work at least 16 hours a week. An exception will also be made in those cases where a couple includes a disabled worker or a worker aged 60 or above, and to some cases where one member of a couple is unable to work due to their own illness or disabilities. Hope this helps found this on gov website.

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  6. donna
    28. Nov, 2011 at 10:29 pm #

    hi i work 16 hours a week as my husband is a full time carer for my cousin who is 27 who is on full disability we have 5 children under the age of 16 does this mean that we wouldnt be entitled to working tax credit as i am only doing 16 hours

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  7. elizabeth hill
    05. Dec, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

    hi does this mean that ‘both’ couples have to work or just one as long as they are doing 24 hours or more, and does this affect foster carers?
    cheers

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    • fran
      13. Feb, 2012 at 9:37 am #

      Only one if they work 24 hours or more,but if both work,one has to work 16 hours min the other has to make the hours up to 24 hours min.

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  8. marie
    07. Dec, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    what happens if my partner cant get any more hours , he works 16hrs at the minute , im a stay at home mum with 2 children , will we loose our working tax credit completely ?

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    • vera
      30. Jan, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

      Yes, as a couple you must work 24 hours either betwen you else it will stop. i phoned them to ask.

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    • Marina
      12. Feb, 2012 at 10:33 am #

      Yes you will lose the lot

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  9. Mel
    08. Dec, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

    What will happen to my tax credits I’m a single mum of 2 working 21 hrs a week?

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  10. MI
    10. Dec, 2011 at 12:49 am #

    There are many people that work for very very small businesses
    What if there employers do not increase their hours simply because they can’t
    Afford to. This is very concerning and worrying. If 24 hours are not met than most people on
    Working tax credit will lose everything. This will cripple a family.

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  11. ruth
    10. Dec, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    My partners hours have been cut so we will be below 24 hours, we have 3 young children , will we still be entitled to child tax credits if his hours don’t increase by April

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  12. win
    11. Dec, 2011 at 12:51 am #

    With regard to changes to working tax credits for 2012 I was told by tax credit people that the changes will mean that both of you have to work to make up the increased 24 hours rule. It longer counts if one person is working the hours, both of you have to contribute to the hours.

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  13. Stephanie
    12. Dec, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    Hi,
    I work 32 hours per week and have a child with a disability for which I receive DLA at the lower rate. My salary is c£29K. I have recently been offerded a new role at 40 hrs per week on c£39. I pay for an approved childcare. I was wondering if anyone thinks it’d be worth me accpeting the new role? I thought not as my tax credits would go down however reading the new rules its possible I’d be better off taking the new role?

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  14. Andrea Carroll
    12. Dec, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    Hi there, I am a single parent of two children, will I have to work 24 hrs as of from april 2012, I currently work 16 hrs ?

    Thankyou

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    • lyn
      11. Feb, 2012 at 9:04 am #

      No it does not change for single people only couples

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    • george
      11. Feb, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

      no – 16 hours for a single person, 24 hours if you are in a couple. Hope this helps.

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    • Rachel P
      21. Feb, 2012 at 9:56 am #

      Am in a similar position myself. I Have looked at HMRC site and DirectGov site for answers and I gather the change in hours to 24 only applies to couples. Hope this helps put your mind at rest

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  15. stefan
    13. Dec, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    hi i’m a dad of 3 children married eldest daughter 12 and severe disability claiming high rate dla and mobility i work 16 hours due to her complex 24/7 care needed, my wife has not worked since eldest daughter born and we now have an 18 month old daughter with no family help or support. how are we supposed to make up the extra 8 hours needed to claim working tax credits and also absorb the £220 per month loss it was really great to get the letter from the tax office 2 weeks before christmas. Any ideas? just glad i voted labour

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    • pate
      05. Mar, 2012 at 11:01 am #

      Hi, Same situation like you, they have not put an exception for diabled child’s parents or carer of diable child.
      working will not pay anything rather than loosing.

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  16. robert mccullough
    15. Dec, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    I only work 16 hours and have a dependant 11 year old my wife doesn’t work what help will I get in april when my benefits are stopped

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    • Marina
      12. Feb, 2012 at 10:34 am #

      you will have to sign on and go without any money untl your new claim is sorted, about 6 weeks

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  17. Patrick
    18. Dec, 2011 at 12:46 am #

    I am 23 years of age in employment with no dependants can I get a working tax credit?

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  18. Emma Edwards
    18. Dec, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    im a single parent and work 19.5 hrs a week and have two children 4 and 12 will i have to increase the number of hrs i work from april next year?

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    • Marina
      12. Feb, 2012 at 10:36 am #

      Sorry ,because you are a single parent you will still be entitled to tax credits and you do not have to work any extra hours, please IGNORE the comment I made above.

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  19. lynne
    19. Dec, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

    if your a single parent will u have to work 24 hours a week .because i work 17 hours and i dont think i can get anymore .

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    • sarah
      13. Feb, 2012 at 8:16 am #

      single parents hours will still remainat 16. im a single mum myself i rang the tax credit helpline up and they confirmed that th 24 hour rules apply to couples only ,hope this info is helpful to you x

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  20. Shel
    20. Dec, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    Could you please help ? I currently work 16hrs a week and
    My partner(child’s father ) looks after our son at home
    I know WTC are making people work 24hrs per week
    In order to qualify. When these changes Come into
    Place I will be on maternity leave as I’m expecting our
    2nd child , my partner has tried so hard to find work
    But no luck what so ever . I have asked my work place for extra
    Contracted hours before I go on maternity or ASAP
    And explained the situation as to why I need these,
    The personnel manager who I spoke with alone
    Says depends if we have the hours and basically that the
    Supermarket I work for would not benefit by giving me
    The extra hours as I would be on maternity leave and
    This would not help the company where as giving someone
    Else the extra 8hours who wasn’t going on maternity leave
    Would benefit the company as they would be there. I am
    Very stuck and worried about this as this is a major part of my
    Weekly income and without this my family can
    Not survive . I would be ever so greatful for help and advice please
    I’ve asked for the 8 hours I need to qualify for working tax credits in 6th
    April 2012 in writing. I have no witnesses to what she said to me . Please
    Help I’m so desperate. :-(

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    • lyn
      11. Feb, 2012 at 9:08 am #

      Basically you would be better splitting up with your partner as the rules do not change for single people they can still work 16 hours, How sad that our country is coming to this, its better financially to be a single person if you can’t get more hours

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      • fran
        09. Mar, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

        It looks like we are all better off being single,Thought this goverment wanted too help all low paid workers,with all the divorces and seperations that will happen because a family cant afford to live as a family,what on earth is this goverment thinking of.

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        • Sam
          17. Mar, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

          This is so unfair…….what are people suppose to do if they can’t get the hours…..i I work 16rs a week each month come home with £340.98 ……. And if I had a partner I would lose my working tax credit…….it’s sad but I’m glad I’m a single parent

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      • Alison Tribe
        13. Mar, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

        This country is a sad place when single people are better off than couples . Do you not think this rule is going to make couples ring up to say that that we our now no longer together if extra hours at work cannot be found .

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      • stacey
        15. Mar, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

        im in same situation me and my partner have 4 children i wrk 16 hours my partner stays home to help watch children and im curently on maternity leave aswel spoke to mmrc and i stil have to up my hours to 24 or they will stop which my employer has said they can not do while im off on mat leave this government is ridiculous basically sayin it beta off to be a single parent pfffft gona end up splitting alot of familys up over this nonsense, just hope that we be able to get some other help otherwise we wont survive and my children will end up suffering!!

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    • fiona
      22. Feb, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

      Hi Shel

      Did you receive an answer to your question as i am in the same boat, my husband stays at home & looks after our 2 children, the youngest has a disability & he recieves the cares allowence. thanks for your time

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  21. Melissa
    21. Dec, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

    For a couple with children with one person working they now have to work 24 hours a week, up 8 hours from before.. In this climate how are we supposed to get extra hours when people are constantly being laid off, there are no extra jobs to go to. I know we all need to make cuts but cutting peoples working tax credit is just going to send them back to the dole queue.

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  22. nikki
    23. Dec, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    Hi, as a single mum to 2 children will i need to work 24 hours a week or will it stay as 16 hours.

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    • Marina
      12. Feb, 2012 at 10:39 am #

      16 hours for single parents and 24 if you are a couple

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  23. gem
    01. Jan, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

    Hi I am a single parent to one child and work 16 hours a week, does this mean I need to increase my hours to 24 a week to qualify for working tax credits? Thanks

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  24. sizana
    01. Jan, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    hi there.What if you are single and you have two children and you working 20 hours a week?

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  25. cheryl
    02. Jan, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

    Hi, I currently work 16 hours a week while my husband, who is currently not working, stays at home with our two year old daughter. I also have another daughter who is 6 & goes to school. My employer has told me that they do not have 8 extra hours to give me to take me to the 24 hours needed to still qualify for WTC so what will.happen to me & my family if i cant secure 8 more hours of work? We are very much struggling as it is. Thank you.

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    • natalie
      27. Feb, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

      Hi im currently in the same situation as you and find it a absolute joke that us who work are bein forced to loose money my employer has no extra hours for me and my partner has been looking for a job for the last year its a disgrace that people on benifits are not going to be affected by the changes they will still have rent and council tax payed while i wholl be on less money will have to still pay its a joke very very pissed off.

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      • lazyman
        07. Mar, 2012 at 11:54 am #

        mcdonalds are always looking for people im sure your partner could easily pick up 8 hours or more there if he really wants to get a job or there is always stacking shelves at tesco’s either way picking up an extra 8 hours work can be done quite easily should you REALLY want to

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        • stacey
          15. Mar, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

          ummm no it isnt actually everbody is strugglin in this climate no jobs goin anywher in my area FACT!!!!!

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    • fran
      09. Mar, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

      Its a disgrace what this tory goverment are doing,im in the same boat.

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  26. Maggoo
    03. Jan, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    Hi Admin,
    I’m A Single Parent,I Have 1 Son @ 13 in High School,And Daughter 17′Registered with Career Services,Though not in Training or employment…. Living with me in the Same House.We Have an Annual Income Est @ About £1395.48, Incs..Child/Working Tax Credits,Ch/Ben And Wages Est…. 96 Hrs @ ,Min Wage = £583.68- Ch/Tax~ £103.00 ,
    W/t Creds @ £ 351.78 per 4 wks , And Ch/Ben @ £33.00 p/w How Do You Think These Changes will Affect Us ???

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  27. sahra
    04. Jan, 2012 at 12:33 am #

    I’m a single mum of one, will I have to work 24 hours to be entitled to working tax credit?

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  28. Joanne P
    04. Jan, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    Does this affect single parent’s working tax credits?

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  29. Stacey
    05. Jan, 2012 at 11:49 pm #

    Hi, is there any changes to the amount of hours a lone parent must work to receive working tax with the changes in April 2012?

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  30. ann
    08. Jan, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    Hello i’m currently working part-time of 18 hours, if i up my hours to 24 hours to claim the working tax credit am i ellegible to pay income tax, ie what are the rules for working part-time

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  31. MARY
    08. Jan, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    For a couple, with one partner working 16 hours currently entitled to Working Tax Credit will I understand, no longer be entitled to the credits,(from April 2012) currently to me, worth around £75 per week. What benefits will I be entitled to, if I am working the same number of hours. My partner not working – looking after 2 children aged 1 (by April 2012) and 6 years

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  32. Vicky Shale
    09. Jan, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    Hi, can you tell me if there are any changes this year that could mean we will receive a small one off payment before April as last year we did receive one due to changes in the budget? Also I do not at present receive working tax just child tax my partner works 38hrs a week and I am at home with 3 children?

    Thanks Vikkie

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  33. Amy Cox
    09. Jan, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    Does this change apply to single parents? Do they still have to increase their hours from 16 hours per week to 24 hours in order to qualify for working tax credits?

    Thanks

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  34. Anne
    10. Jan, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    Hi i’m a single parent currently working 16 hours. will i still be able to claim tax credits?

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  35. Trish D
    11. Jan, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    I work 16 hours for a small shop buisness i cant get anymore hours unless someone leaves. i have an unemployed partner,who is struggling to find work. I have been looking for another job but i am worried because, my hours are low but at least my job is safe. If that is if i could get another job. I could get laid off. What will happen to us if we cant get anymore hours. It is extremelly hard to get work these days especially for people like us who dont have many job opptions because we are in low skilled jobs, the foreigners have put end to that, but they will be ok and have there hours and no worrys about their family tax credits

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  36. jacqui
    11. Jan, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    Hi, i am a single parent, have been working for 2 years now, 23 hours per week…does this mean as off the 6th April 2012, will my working tax credit stop for being short by 1 hour per week….i feel if so, us single mums who are trying to survive are being punished for those who don’t want to work….

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  37. Jennifer hammett
    14. Jan, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    My daughter is returning to work in June2012 after having first child. Is the new earnings limit for child tax benefit of £26000 apply to joint earnings or just her asif it is joint hardly anyone working will be able to claim. Also her husband earns approx. £23000 and she will earn £17500 approx. will this rule them out of child tax and working tax credit. If she works 3 days only will she still get nothing?

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  38. kim
    14. Jan, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

    as a single person with no partner or dependents how many hours would i have to work to qualify for tax credits with the new changes taking place this year

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  39. John Boyd
    16. Jan, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    Are the rules on working tax credit changing for men with no dependants?

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  40. Terri
    16. Jan, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

    Hi what happens if you or your partner work 16 hours and neither of you can find another job for the other 8 hours to be able to receive working tax.

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  41. Steve S
    17. Jan, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    Hi, I currently work a 16 hour week, and my wife stays at home looking after 2 children of 3 and under. I know we need to increase our working hours by at least 8 to continue receiving WTC, but we are already very close to the bread line and if we cannot find the extra work we would drop below the recognised amount of money the government says is necessary for a family of 4 to live on. would this amount of money we stand to lose be topped up by another benefit or is this new government legislation really as brutal to members of the lower paid proportion of the working community as it seems to be coming across as ?

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  42. Emma J
    18. Jan, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    Hi, do you know when the government will update their calculators so people can see how this will affect them? We will be above the new income limit but as we have three children and our childcare is astronomical I’m hoping we will still get something – obivously need to know as need to make plans as we really rely on our tax credits – thank you government for cutting them!!!

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  43. kerry
    19. Jan, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    so what if i was a single working mother to a baby, does this mean i still have to work 24hrs to get working tax credit?

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  44. angie
    20. Jan, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

    hi.im confused,i work 16 hours a week and have one child.does that mean i wot get tax credit? and if not will i recieve a different benefit?

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    • sue
      11. Feb, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

      Hi Angie

      I have the same problem as you, i am very worried that from april they will stop my working tax benifit.

      Does anyone know if they are replacing the benifit with another one

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    • Lynn Bennett
      12. Feb, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

      Have done a bit of research and as far as I can make out it is only couples with 1 or more children that need to work 24 hours a week single parents stay the same.

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  45. viv
    22. Jan, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    Will there be changes for people who work 30 hours with no children if so does anyone know

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  46. Paul S
    24. Jan, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    I am profoundly deaf work 20 hours a week live alone without children. Will My working tax credit be affected?

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  47. angela ferry
    25. Jan, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    i get carers allowance for my gran and have to look after her for 35 hours a week,i have two kids and i am a lone parent i currently work 16 hours a week, what will i be entitled to?

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  48. Ahmed
    26. Jan, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    Hi’
    If I have 9 children and I worked self-employed
    And my income £80 per week how effect my benefit?

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    • lazyman
      08. Mar, 2012 at 11:19 am #

      stop being self employed as its not earning enough and get a job that pays better so you can provide for the 9 CHILDREN YOU HAD, dont expect the state to provide for you if your not contributing back to the state as i doubt you would be paying any income tax of NI on £80 per week

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  49. ian f
    30. Jan, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

    what if i cannot get the extra 8 hours in april,do the kids go hungry as i will be 70 pound a week worse off,the government should concentrate on the lazy gits who do nothing ,showing their face in the jobcentre once every two weeks filling a load of bull on the job seekers forms then going back home to watch jeremy kyle.

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  50. Sarah
    31. Jan, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    what happens if my partner cant get any more hours , he works 16hrs at the minute , im a stay at home mum with 3 children , will we loose our working tax credit completely? if yes will we then be entitled to extra child credits due to not having enough income?

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  51. Sarah
    31. Jan, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    what happens if my partner cant get any more hours , he works 20hrs at the minuteand his work have refused to give him an extra 4 hrs , im a stay at home mum with 3 children , will we loose our working tax credit completely? if yes will we then be entitled to extra child credits due to not having enough income?

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    • lazyman
      08. Mar, 2012 at 11:39 am #

      Can you not work a couple of evenings a week, or your partner could take another job additionally to the one he has, there is always some options.

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      • Julie
        21. Mar, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

        I agree with u my partner works 40 hrs a week, I work 19 hrs in a shop, I work round his hrs,so I totally agree that some of these people gettin uptight about the tax credits can help their situations if they really wanted to…

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  52. Victoria Hodgson
    06. Feb, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    I don’t think the government are being fare to the low income families. I have returned to work 16 hours a week after maternity leave. My partner is a full time student attending uni 5 days a week and clocking up 20 hours a week on a bus travelling there and back. He doesn’t possibly have the time to work. Therefore it is down to me to work the additional 8 hours. I work as a teaching assistant and positions are based on funding, there is no funding for me to work extra hours. So as of April we loose our working tax worth £300 a month to us, we are already on a tight budget. Is this a sensible decision by the government when a non working family are receiving benefits around £25,000 a year? Far more than they will be leaving us to live on.

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  53. Ann T
    07. Feb, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

    I’ve been told I will not be receiving Working Tax Credit as I work under 24 hours – is anything replacing this? What other help is available? Who can I go to to find out what help/benefits I might be entitled to?

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  54. emma
    08. Feb, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    i was forced to leave my job in sept 2011 and i was working a 70 hr week i then was on jsa i have now been offered a 16 hr a week job but have noticed couples now have to work at least 24 hr week i have 2 children and my partner used to get incapacity till 2009 now he has had his transplant and is now diabetic and is unable to find work with all hospital appointments where will i stand with the 2012 changes my wage is only 98 a week can anyone help my partner is not entitled to any benefit

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  55. SHELLEY KNOTT
    08. Feb, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    hello i am a lone parent with two children aged 10 and 8.
    i work 20 hours per week, what will my changes be if my hours dont go up to 24 hours per week??????
    is it the same forsingle parents ??
    many thanks

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  56. karin
    09. Feb, 2012 at 2:29 am #

    hi,i am single mum for my 3children currently i work 16hours a week that ok or i need to work more hours

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  57. Gary
    11. Feb, 2012 at 3:44 am #

    Looks like if your married you are being penalised again, we have a young son and if a position comes up at 16hrs then it is of no use to us, but if your single it’s ok. I know many couples who will be affected by this and some are even considering living apart so one of them will still qualify working 16hrs as they will then be a single parent. The other will then claim benefits for themselves including housing. This change is going to force more families apart. It will also give single parents an advantage and better job prospects as more and more employers are employing for less hours these days so when business is slow they are not contracted to give employees hours they cannot afford and can do themselves.

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  58. krishka Jackson
    11. Feb, 2012 at 7:22 am #

    In a panic just about to go to a back to work interview in the next week just waiting for a date after half term, have asked for 16 hours on a flexible working request form need to know urgently if sixteen hours is enough as a single parent of one child please reply asap.

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  59. Jo
    11. Feb, 2012 at 8:07 am #

    I am a single mum with a 5yr old boy. I work 18 hrs a week, couldn’t get anymore working hours and so am I right I am being penalized for this by losing my working tax credit! Is this correct?

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  60. Kerry Evans
    11. Feb, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    I am a single working mother of 2 and have to work my hours around my youngest childs school.Is the policy the same for single parents??

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  61. Simon
    11. Feb, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    Just had a look at hmrc website . Changes will not affect single mums who work 16 hrs a week.

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  62. Lisa
    11. Feb, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    Looks like single parents with children won’t be affected.. Still have to work the 16 hours. If you’re a couple then the joint hours or one of you have to be at least working 24 to be entitled

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  63. Hannah
    11. Feb, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    I am a single mum who works 20 hours a week and currently earn around £6,600 a year. I am unable to increase my hours due to the fact my employer has no more money to increase hours. If I loose my tax credits then there is no way I can survive. What will happen is there aything else that I will get instead of tax credits so I ca afford to live?

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  64. sharon dillard
    11. Feb, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    hi i am a single mother of two kids and work 16 hours do i have to work 24 to claim tax credits and if so when does it start thanks

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  65. lesley braim
    11. Feb, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    hi i work 16 a week and dont where to turn as my tax credits will stop my partner doesnt work what can i do

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    • lazyman
      08. Mar, 2012 at 11:46 am #

      get an additional job to make up hours or ask your partner to take a part time job

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      • coops
        13. Mar, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

        stop being so general. not everyone is in a position to take on extra hours, whether you agree with it or not. you dont know the ins and outs of these peoples lives. its not always easy to get work in macdonalds or stacking shelves at tesco’s. i work in a large supermarket, and i’ve known many decent people to be turned away from ordinary low-skilled jobs, sometimes because there are just too many applicants, or they are over-qualified.

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  66. lisa
    11. Feb, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    i am a single mum with 4 children, i work 18 hours per week and just about manage to find family to look after them, i cant have a childminder because the hours are unsociable evenings and weekends, so increasing my working hours is impossible even if the hours were available…we are struggling already, the last year has been a nightmare..if i lose my working tax credits then we will lose everything..what is the solution??

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  67. susan
    11. Feb, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    Hi Patrick if you are single with no dependants you have to work aleast 30 hours a week to qualifie for working tax credits.

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  68. Sally
    11. Feb, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    I am a single mum with a child 19months I have an interview next week and want to ask to job share and do 17,5 hours a week will I then get wtc in April?

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  69. Lisa
    11. Feb, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    Im in similar situation to alot of ppl on here, single mum working 20 hours will this effect me????
    Starting to worry, as wont be able to up hours in work!!!

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  70. emma stewart
    11. Feb, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    hi i am a single mum with a 6 year old son, i have a good steady job which i have been in for 4 years and work 20 hours per week, with the new change to working tax credits will i have to increase my hours to 24 per week, i really don’t think i will be able to increase my hours as i am doing the max at the moment but i am slightly worried financially.

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  71. Jane
    11. Feb, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    My husband is self employed since April 2011 and since Nov 2011 I work 16 hours a week,we get tax credits based on a very low income in 2010. As he works for over 30 hours a week, and my hours will increase to 18, but income well below £15K a year will we lose any tax credit, because if we do it won’t be worth trying, we spend most of it on advertising a new business and at our age with no children, 55 and 59, jobs are not easy to come by anyway. I feel lucky after a year of searching to find a part time job. It seems no kids, over 50, not worth anything.

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  72. Henny
    11. Feb, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

    Can someone please ask the Government to let us know what’s going to happen BEFORE we hit April, just so people can get them selves sorted out?

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    • Carol
      15. Feb, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

      Agree with you Henny my daughter is a single parent of 2 through no fault of her own doing everything she can to support her babies she never wanted to be a single parent. She works 16 hrs a week and still no answers to wether she needs to increase her hours if she can that is

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  73. Louise
    11. Feb, 2012 at 11:24 pm #

    Hi im a single parent of 2 i currently work 22hrs a week. will i have 2 increase my hours or does this just apply 2 couples

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  74. Claire
    12. Feb, 2012 at 12:39 am #

    Maybe next time we have a general election people will bother themselves and go and vote and hopefully the Conservatives won’t get in. So much of what they have implemented or plan on implementing has and will effect working families. I can understand the need to reduce the debt and to tackle benefit dependence but surely people who have been long term unemployed should be tackled first. It seems if your a single working parent you are going to be hit hard luckily I am not but I think it’s very wrong. It’s also unfair people don’t really know about this and those that do the stress it may cause. My mother who lives alone but is not at retirement age had to give up the job she’s done for over 20 years and take a cleaning job which is only 8 hours a week and she used to work 15. She now has to sign on for the first time in her life for an extra £15 per week and be actively seeking work it’s not like she hasn’t got a job but is made to feel she’s not doing enough. I think the whole system is a joke and is no better under the Conservatives than Labour all it is is worse for the working classes. Am sick of reading on other sites from people who obviously have money how you shouldn’t have children if you can’t afford them well if your all that well off stop claiming the one benefit the Conservatives won’t touch child benefit. I believe child benefit should be means tested just like everything else am sure that would save money. Sorry rant over

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  75. Sophie
    12. Feb, 2012 at 6:14 am #

    Hi I’m a single mum of three children 6 months 2yrs and 4 , finishing maternity leave April and will no longer be working 40 hours but working 16 doesthis mean it affects me ???

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  76. emma
    12. Feb, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    is any one gonna get back to anyone about single parents im a single parent working 16 hours is this gonna effect me.. please help

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  77. sara
    12. Feb, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    As far as I can work out, single parents and parents with a disability won’t be affected by the changes. I read this on netmums site.

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  78. Becki
    12. Feb, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    Juat found this online, looks like if your single the hours will stay at 16 to qualify for working tax credits.

    “No, lone parents will continue to be eligible for working tax credit so long as they work at least 16 hours a week. An exception will also be made in those cases where a couple includes a disabled worker or a worker aged 60 or above, and to some cases where one member of a couple is unable to work due to their own illness or disability.”

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  79. Lynne
    12. Feb, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    Hi, I have 2 children and currently work 22 hours a week. Will my tax credits stop or be reduced in April?

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  80. Gemma ray
    12. Feb, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    It’s couples not lone parents! I mean when the woman goes out to work for 16 hours and the man sits on his arse all day it’s no wonder this is happening,about time to…..single parents stop worrying!

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  81. bernice
    12. Feb, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    i think its just couples who have to work 24 hrs in their household and the changes shouldnt effect single parents i read this on mums net page.

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  82. Abbie
    12. Feb, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    Hi I’m a single parent with 1child who’s 9 I work 16 hours a week how do I get affected ?

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  83. Tammy
    12. Feb, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    I am a Lone parent and work 16 hours how will these changes affect me?

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  84. mel
    12. Feb, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

    This is disgusting we all need to stand. Up to this government!!!!! They expext. Couples to find 8 more hours work a week when there are no jobs about. I am married with a one year old I work 16 hours a week while my husband is a stay at home dad! There is no way I can get more hours at my job. I will be loosing 60 pound aa week., how will us familes cope??? They have no idea what its like to be us!

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    • lazyman
      08. Mar, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

      if your husband is hell bent on being a stay at home dad then you will have to get a full time job, if you dont want to do that then tell him to get off his backside and get a job like the rest of us have to do to pay the taxes that can give you and your husband a cushy life working part time and not paying a penny back into the system as i doubt your paying much or anything in tax as your only part time

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    • lisa
      18. Mar, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

      totally in agreement i have 3 children husband works 16 hrs self employed, i work voluntary but am a qualified nursery nurse . I have been for many job interviews and go no where unless i work 40 hrs a week shift patterns pay 350 per week childcare and never see my children all i want is to work school hours but when 80 ppl apply for one job its fighting a losing battle. my husband is trying to get more hours but as a window cleaner ppl are cutting down on paying for this work , im so worried were going to struggle and am already looking at ways to cut down on things.

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  85. Hayley
    12. Feb, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

    I am really worried about this, I am a single parent of 4 children, I have just had my hours cut form 20 to 16 with no chance of getting more hours in the near future. Will single parents have to be working 24 hours to be able to claim working and child tax credits and what happens if we can not get more hours??

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  86. tania
    12. Feb, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    hi,i would also like to know if single parents will have to work 24 hours as i have 2 children and work 23 hours

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  87. Jenni
    12. Feb, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

    Hi i’m a single mum, i lost my job a few weeks ago but i’m currently looking for a new job…do i look for a job of 16+ hours or 24+ hours? How many hours do you need to work as a single parent to qualify for working tax credit? Also what is the limit of hours you can work up to?

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  88. natalie
    12. Feb, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    Hi i work 18 hours aweek and have to kids i am a lone parent. Will i have to up my hours or not? Thanks

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  89. Ian
    12. Feb, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    Hi,just to put all single parents minds to rest…” If you’re responsible for at least one child

    You’ll still qualify for Working Tax Credit if either of the following applies:
    •you’re single and working at least 16 hours a week
    •you’re in a couple, and meet the new hours rules for couples – see the section above” …..I just took this from tax credits page,so finally an answer..we can still work 16 hours and wont be affected.

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  90. ruth
    12. Feb, 2012 at 11:50 pm #

    Don’t you all think it is time to stand up to the government, they have caused these cut backs, They have allowed the banks that are practically owned by the tax payer to yet again use tax payers money to have BONUSES. The managers took these jobs knowing what they were doing so they shouldn’t expect a bonus on top of their salaries in this economic climate. Their bonuses should be paying the tax payer back because it was lent out of the tax payer fund. If every family wrote to the Prime Minister protesting of these hours, because he knows that some employers cannot magic extra hours, because it is then extra money from the employer and LESS WORKING TAX CREDIT TO BE PAID OUT.

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  91. jon h
    13. Feb, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    from what i can gather, reading all about this on the internet, any family, with one child or more, must be working at least 24 hours a week to qualify for tax credits as of April 2012. That means either one person working 24 hours or more or splitting the hours between husband and wife, partners etc…

    I can not work due to mental health issues (and this kinda thing is really helping me with those) and other health problems. My wife does as much as she can working as a self employed gardener. I look after our 2 daughters as much as possible. This ruling means we are going to loose £100 a week…!!! We live on the bread line as it is. This is going to ruin our lives. This winter we have had to make the choice between heating oil and food,now this goverment is taking £100 a week away from us. How are people like ourselves and lots more besides, supposed to survive..?

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    • kayleigh
      25. Feb, 2012 at 7:48 am #

      I know exactly how u feel. My partner has now been off work for 6 months with manic depression, he has trief to kill himself 3 times now. His stat sick pay ended in jan and we have now been told he does not qualify for anything. I work and we have a 1 year old child. Like yourselves we have had no heating on over winter, some weeks we didnt have gas and we have sold our car yet my wage just isnt enough. I work for the Nhs so no more hours available. I guess we wont be eating next its the only thing left to cut back on. I dont think the goverment has thought this through at all.

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  92. Kim
    13. Feb, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    Hi there. I phoned the tax cretiit helpline re concerns for single parent payments 2012. If you are a single parent working 16hrs or more you still qualify for WTC. If you are a couple you will need to work 24hrs or more a week and one of the couple needs to be on 16hrs or more a week. Its madness because if both parents for example had a 15 hr contract each and did 30hrs they dont qualify as one person needs to have 16hrs. The best thing to do is phone WTC office if you can get through that is. GOOD LUCK.

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  93. Dee
    13. Feb, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    As another single mum working 16 hours,I would also like to know where we stand with tax credits?

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  94. Sally
    13. Feb, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    As most people on here my partner works 16 hours a week and his boss is unable to give him anymore hours. Come april we will have a newborn baby and 2 other children that we get wtc for. Obviously I will be unable to get a job because of our newborn. I don’t mind getting a job but I refuse to leave my child when he will only be a couple of weeks . I cannot find anything on the Internet that explains what other money we can get and the other thing that terrifies me is that without wtc we also won’t be able to get housing benefit or council tax benefit and with a an income of 97 wages and 135 child tax credits how are we meant to pay 95 a week rent and 22 a week council tax and pay our normal household bills and feed 3 child and ourselves.

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  95. zeid lal mahomed
    13. Feb, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    hi, i work in a shop and doing 19.5 hrs weekly!!i have 2 children and my wife don’t work as she is looking after my second child!!!!i rent a flat and we rely heavily on work and child tax credit to pay rent,pay debt and survive!!!i ask my work for more hrs and i can’t get any more!!!i don’t even bring £6000 yearly so please sent me some places i could erect a tent with my family to live!!!

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  96. mandy
    13. Feb, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    Hi I am currently working between 16 and 20 hours per week, I have a 13 year old child and my partner is currently unemployed. Will I still recieve my normal working tax and child tax credits or will I have to work 24 hrs to still get the working tax credits

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  97. gemma
    13. Feb, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    I am a single mother of one will i still be able to claim taxcredit on 16 hours.

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  98. suzanne
    13. Feb, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    It says changes are being made to couples. one of which must work 24hours. i gather that means there is currently no changes to lone parents. it seems quite confusing though.

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  99. Claire
    13. Feb, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

    Hi Im a single mum of two working 16 hrs per week how will this affect me ?? As I can’t magic more hours so soon as April !!!

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  100. Jade
    13. Feb, 2012 at 10:55 pm #

    Hey I’m a single mum and due to go back to work in April and was wondering if the working tax credit hours has changed for single mums/parent I need to know as I’m only down to go back to work 16hrs if it has changed I need to let my work no or think of other options if I could get a Reply I would really appreciate it many thanxs jade

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  101. Don
    14. Feb, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    Hey,
    I just work 24 hours and have 2 children my partner lost his job early feb he worked 16 hours he now looks after our youngest while I work ! Will u still work out our benefit usinghis earnings and mine masthead even if he is not earning anything this year ?? I find all this very confusing and scary
    Thank you

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  102. abigail
    14. Feb, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    hi i am a single mother working 18hrs pr week. I currently get working tax credits and will not be able to increase my hours – does this mean as of april 2012 unleaa i increase to 24hrs i will loose these?

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  103. gillian
    14. Feb, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    I just contacted hmrc it only applies to couples not single parents .

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  104. Pip
    14. Feb, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    I Thought the government was in favour of family’s

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  105. jojo
    14. Feb, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    single parents who work 16 hours it will not change yourll still get your wt has normal, couples have to work at least 24 hours between them , if only one works they have to work 24 hours to get working tax credit, hope this helps guys, my friend phoned up tax credits to find out

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  106. Lindsey
    14. Feb, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

    Hi I am too a single parent iv just looked on government website and hope this paragraph puts the other single parents minds at ease.

    If you’re responsible for at least one child
    You’ll still qualify for Working Tax Credit if either of the following applies:
    you’re single and working at least 16 hours a week
    you’re in a couple, and meet the new hours rules for couples – see the section above

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  107. michele
    15. Feb, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    hi im a single parent working 18.75 hrs a week with no possibility of more hours (as it is a job share of 1 full time post)does this mean i wont qualify for wtc in april ?

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  108. Clare
    15. Feb, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    Im a single parent working 16 hours per week does the change mean i will have to now work 24 hours a week as this reads this is just for couples?

    Many thanks

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  109. sandra
    15. Feb, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    hi i work 16 hrs a week one child at school and my partner is unemployed , from what i have read i will lose my wtcredits any one know what is replacing them or what we can claim instead until my partner finds employment .

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  110. cheryl
    15. Feb, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

    I can see alot of people have asked similar questions as i am about to, its a shame you cannot see the replies!
    i am a single parent working 20hrs does this affect me in anyway?? are the hours likely to go up for a single claim? it seems each website contradicts the other!

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  111. Angie
    15. Feb, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

    Hello

    Im a single parent currently working 16 hrs per week. Do I have to work 24 hrs per week as of April to qualify for child tax credits?

    Regards

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  112. Shazz
    16. Feb, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    I am a single parent to 1 child and work 20hrs pw will I lose my tax credits because my work can’t offer me more hours.

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  113. Mick
    16. Feb, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    All comments asking about entitlement please read above lone parents are still entitled if they work 16 hours only couples have to work 24 hours with one of them working at least 16 as I say read paragraphs above the comments section
    However, from 6 April 2012, this limit will be lower for most people.  As a rough guide, you might not be able to get child tax credit from 6 April 2012 if:

    You have one child and your annual income is over around £26,000
    You have two children and your annual income is over around £32,200
    Bear in mind that these limits are not definite and that you may receive more or less Child Tax Credits depending on your own situation.  For example, from April 2012 you could still qualify if your income is higher than these amounts if you pay for approved childcare or if you have more than two children.

    Changes to working hours rules for Working Tax Credit

    If you are responsible for at least one child and you work at least 16 hours per week you can get Working Tax Credit.

    However, from April 2012, the rules for couples with at least one child are changing.  From April, your joint working hours will normally need to be at least 24 hours per week.

    This will mean:

    If only one of you work, that person has to work at least 24 hours per week
    If you both work you have to work a total of 24 hours per week with one of you working at least 16 hours per week
    If neither of these apply, your working tax credit will stop from 6 April 2012 – although there are some exceptions to these rules.

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  114. kayleigh
    16. Feb, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    couples have to be doing 24 hours a week instead from the 9th of april the changes take place , only one of you has to be working not both of u, single people its staying the same 16 hours if ur a couple and ur doing less then 24 hours per week you will ur working tax credit hope this helps

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  115. cassie
    17. Feb, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    hi me and my man work and have 2 kids i work 19 h a week and my man works 32h a week wiil it efect us ?

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    • lazyman
      08. Mar, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

      from what i have read, if your joint income is less than 32,200 per year the you qualify for tax credits as you work more than 24 hours a week between you

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  116. simz
    17. Feb, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

    only couples are affected by the new WTC 24hr criteria. single parents still only have to work 16hrs to be entitled

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  117. paula
    18. Feb, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

    I am a single parent workin 16hrs at weekend. I get child tax credit and working tax credit. Does this mean i have to work 24hrs a week from april to qualify for this? Everything i have read seems to be about couples?

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  118. Nicole
    19. Feb, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    If you are in a couple and one of you or both only works 16hours hours a week they need to be up to 24hours to qualify otherwise you will only recieve tax credits and not working credits , single parents with one child you only have to work 16hours pw so this does not affect you.

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  119. sonia thompson
    19. Feb, 2012 at 11:37 am #

    My friend is not working and his partner is on maternity leave and gets £500/month. Their child is just over 2 months old and their other child is 3 years old. She used to work more than 16 hours a week. He is unemployed and struggling to find work because of serious problems with his knees and not worked for years. He has been told that he is officially fit for work. They only get what she brings in from her maternity leave. He has been told that he is not entitled to any help, including JSA because he has not paid enough stamps. Please advise.

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  120. clair
    19. Feb, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    hi i work 16 hours and i have been told that i probably wont be able to get the extra 8 hours.i have a partner who is struggling to get a job and is on pitance already in receipt of income based jsa.he also had a letter saying he will not be getting no more money in april so how does that help us.
    i have a young daughter to support too.
    if i do get the extra hours the money i earn will be taken away from the working tax and we will be no better off to when i was was working 16 hours.i will probably have to pay rent and council tax so will be living beneath the breadline.we have had no extra help in trying to sort our lives out at all. i knew of these changes at the end of 2010 and it has taken till the end of 2011 to drop the bomb on us and send the country into panic.i dont think the goverment has thought this through at all and they will see homelessness and medical bills through the roof because of depression.they say the amount a couple has to live on has gone from 105 to 111 quid a week what a joke it does not even fall in line with the changes you are expecting us to follow.so my questions are will a different benefit replace the working tax for people that can not get the extra 8 hours.an if i can get it does that mean i will have to contribute to rent and council tax even though i am not better off irrispective to how i am getting the money(personal earnings or tax credits)

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  121. Niki
    19. Feb, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

    Hi, i am also a single parent working 16hrs a week. Does that mean i have to work 24 from April, my employers are cutting hours at the moment and i am panicking. Can we get some andwers PLEASE!!

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  122. Trish D
    20. Feb, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    IT seems i am waiting for a letter of some sort to tell me what happens if i cant get more hours i only work 16 still cant get the other 8 hours am worried sick if tax credits stop will it be replaced by Income support or another tax credit why wernt we told on the initial letter what is going to happen. I have been waiting for some sort of form to come in the post. I am not a single parent. single parents working 16 hours need not worry they will be ok.

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  123. Derek
    20. Feb, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    Hi my partner and I don’t work and receive child tax credit can anyone tell me what we are expected to get over the coming year

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  124. kelly
    20. Feb, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    i just phooned tax credits myself and if you are a lone parent u just need to work 16 hours its couples that need to work 24 hours between them!

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  125. Jane
    20. Feb, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    It would appear that if you are a couple you have to work at least 24 hours per week, you can do this by either one person doing the full 24 hours, or, one person doing 16 and the other 8 hours or more. The rules on child tax credits are changing aswell !! This will affect lots of working families too. If you are a single parent the requirements are still 16 hours per week. If you are over 50 the 50+ element has been stopped too. Wow all this is really going to ‘get Britain working’ isn’t it! As far as I know no other benefit changes have been mentioned for everyone who will lose payments. This will be making way for the new universal tax credits.

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  126. Rachel P
    21. Feb, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    I, as many people above am worrying over the change to the amount of hours needed to be able to claim. I am a singe mum of two children and working 21 hours a week. I am currently looking for another job which would take me upto the new requirement of 24 hours but there is nothing avaliable. What happens in April if I am still working 21 hours?

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  127. sharon
    21. Feb, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    What is wrong with this country? Why are the government trying to punish the people that are trying to work some sort of hours? instead all they are doing is pushing people over the edge i have no idea what i am going to do if i lose my tax credits as we considerably struggle now, I know we are in a money crisis but why not stop paying all these druggies, alcoholics and immigrants benefits? it makes me sick i can safely say i am not proud to be British this country is a shambles!

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  128. MARIE W
    21. Feb, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    I have been told that people need to phone the tax credits line themselves and discuss their issues , as all claims will be dealt with on an individual basis. Employers do not necessarily have to give extra hours, as some may not be able to do so
    hope this helps.

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  129. michael
    21. Feb, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    It would seem that the rules are not changing for single mums/dads but don’t quote me! all this means is that if a cuople can’t get the extra hours then they will have to split up to get credits. more attacks on the family me thinks!

    very sad!

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  130. Liz
    21. Feb, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    Do the up-coming changes to working hours for claiming working tax credits include single parents or just couples? I’m a single mum working 21 hours per week.

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  131. michael
    21. Feb, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    Having spoke to a very nice bloke at the tax credit helpline i can relay that he confirmed single parents will only need to work 16 hours to qualify. If you are a couple it is 24 hours. If you cant make up the hours as a couple you should claim income support and you would be able to keep £15 of your wages. However you cannot leave your job! as this would affect your claim.

    If you are a couple? you have some hard choices to make i’m afraid.

    Hope this clarifies some questions but please ring the tax credit helpline yourself and confirm what i was advised.

    As a house husband looking after two kids with a wife who works 22 hours and can’t get more, i’ll be moving to my mums and claiming j.s.a.

    What can i say…govt stupidity!

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  132. T.gaskill
    21. Feb, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    I haven’t received any letter regarding this situation and would like to know where I stand well in advance so I can prepare myself..if possible could you forward me some information please..I’m a single mother of one child working 16hrs per week with thanx T .

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  133. nicola
    21. Feb, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

    my partner works 40 hours a week i`m a sahm,we have 4 children 11years and under.does anyone know what the wage cut off is last year he earned 35,000,this year will be 32,000

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  134. Julie
    21. Feb, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    I am currently a lone parent with a 7yr old son and 2 yr old twins, Ive been trying to get back to work but struggling as nurseries are full.. When twins start pre school in sept, would I need a job of 24 hrs a week or 16 hours a wk. Its hard enough finding work now to fit around the kids as childcare is so very expensive..

    Full time with 2 x nursery spaces full time and 1 x breakfast and afterschool club 5 days a wk, it will set me back £240.00 a week.

    These changes are going to send a lot of working mums and dads to packin their jobs and hit the dole queue.. I dont think people realise how hard it is out there. Im on income support, have a mortgage and only get maintenance for my eldest..

    How are people supposed to manage. Us mums want to work, but its made so damn difficult for us and if we dont we get slagged of for being a lazy mum at home living on benifits and yeah it gets me mad. Ive worked all my life up and to now and im 35.

    Lone parents, is it 16hrs or 24 hrs???

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    • lazyman
      08. Mar, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

      Julie, it is 16 hours for a single mum. I would also go to the CSA and ask them to chase the father of your twins as he should be making a contribution to there upbringing (think it is 20% of his income for 2 children, but dont quote me on that) I am all for single parents trying to work and i know it isnt easy trying to juggle children and keeping the house and trying to keep down a job, i also know nurseries are very expensive (we paid £900 per month so we could both work full time), have you considered child minders ? usually they are more flexible and majority of them will not charge you for holidays unlike nurseries, or like my partner is doing as we have just had another child (3 weeks old) looking at becoming a child minder when her maternity finishes so she can stay at home with a young child and still do the school run, i know this isnt for everyone but it is an option

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  135. lin
    22. Feb, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    how do you expect people to get more hours when there is no jobs as it is. couples that arent able to work 24 hours and lose their wtc what extra help are they going to recieve to compensate this. you are only going to make things worse. how are people suppost to live when they have young children that arent old enough for nursery or school

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  136. Ashley
    22. Feb, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    I have Been advised by Tax Credits that single parents won’t be affected by the planned increase to working 24hrs. Hope this helps.

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    • Phil
      24. Feb, 2012 at 11:58 am #

      As Child Tax credit is paid on the previous years earnings does this mean that payments will continue from April 2012 – April 2013 as they are based on the earnings April 2011 – April 2012? and we simply do not accumulate any more credits from April 2012 onwards. Or is it the case that payments will cease immediately even though based on last years earnings?

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  137. Martin
    23. Feb, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    Hi, my partner works 21 hrs a week has a 7 yr old a mortgage and we’re expecting. I’m a full-time student not working. So what I need to get a job that totals 3hrs a week?

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  138. marie johnson
    23. Feb, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    Hi,i currently work 16 hours,i have a partner who is a stay at home dad,i have 3 children 1 of which get middle rate dla care component.I cannot get an extra 8 hrs and with my sons condition only 1 of us can work.I only earn around 6500 a year what else can we claim

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  139. Sarah
    23. Feb, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    Hi there – I am married with 2 children. Our joint income is likely to be a shade over the new £32,200 limit – does this mean we will stop getting help with childcare costs (currently £188 per week)? We both work 30 plus hours. How can they think a joint income of approx £30k is enough to cover extortionate childcare fees – I dont understand where the incentive to work is?!?! I am so desperate for an answer – I phoned tax credits today but he said he couldnt tell me until the changes happen and I make a claim based on income for next year….Please can anyone advise?! Thanks!

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  140. lyndsay
    24. Feb, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    i think it is a disgrace just because me and my husband go out to work and have full time hours we get penalised. This goverment like the last id purely for the single parent families, who get everything handed to them.

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  141. lisa
    24. Feb, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    hi i currently work 32 hours per week and my partner is self employed sometimes only working 8 hours a week we have 2 children with a childminder i am worried that we will lose our tax credits does any one no were we stand?

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  142. lisa
    24. Feb, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    i think its bad that tax credits have not given more information we are all worrying about this yet the powers that be have not yet exsplained tis clearly typical

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  143. Helen
    25. Feb, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    Hi my husband earns 34000 a year and we have 5 children under 16 he works 37 hours per week, will we still get childs tax credit?

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  144. nikki
    26. Feb, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

    I currently work 16 hours a week but am due to start maternity leave next month. My partner is a stay at home dad to our 2 year old but is trying to find work but as you all no it is so hard my employer can’t put my hours up until I return to work, so does this mean I will lose my wtc until I return to work?

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  145. Helen
    27. Feb, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    As a couple with 3 children I work 16 hours a week, does this mean I lose tax credits completely? What about child tax credits?

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  146. Nichola
    27. Feb, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    I think its about time the goverment has made it harder for couples.
    If their are 2 parents why cant one work part-time and the other full time? or if one of them wishes to stay at home the other should be able to work 24 hrs?
    24hrs is really not a lot of hours for one person to be honest!
    I am a single parent and i know lots of other single parents that can manage to work 24 hrs a week.
    So get off your bums and work!
    The fact is we live in a country full of lazy people who just want to be handed everything on a plate.
    The way i see it- i didnt choose to be a single parent, the childrens father died. But i still do my bit for the benefits i receive!

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    • Nicola
      10. Mar, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

      Aimd at people like me? Yes I am a sahm BUT my partner is a serving solider plus I volunteer in local school there are no jobs out there that will let me work around the hours my partner works unfortunately I also have a special needs child who requires extra support SO NO I don’t think the government should make it harder on couples but according to your comments healthy people like me should get up off their lazy bums and work !!

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  147. Nichola
    27. Feb, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    By the way the last comment does not relate to couples when one has a disability. Just 2 perfectly healthy couples!

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  148. deborah taylor
    27. Feb, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

    i work 16 hours with 1 child and a single mam how does this affect me

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  149. Natalie
    27. Feb, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    Hello,
    my husband works full time (37,5 hours per week) and I am not working,because we have a small baby. We have claimed for WTC. If I will go to work for 16 hours per week, will our WTC amount will remain the same or it will be smaller, because I will work?

    Thanks!

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  150. Marie
    27. Feb, 2012 at 10:38 pm #

    I work over 45hrs a week, I’m a single parent of one child who is currently with a childminder. I work all week and Saturday’s to which my daughter comes with me. After much persuasion I have received a pay rise – the first in 4 yrs due to the recession – to make me a good wage of 26k a yr. I am in the process of getting a mortgage to better my life for me and my child but after today’s call to tax credits I have been told that in April all help towards my £598 per month child care is too stop. I am now having to look at cancelling the mortgage and after working so hard to get where I am to decline my payrise to live. Why should I get punished? The tax office told me if I was a couple I’d still receive 60% towards costs – so because I’m single I can’t get that. The world is wrong!! If I put my wages to 25,999 would I get help?

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  151. corinne
    28. Feb, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    hi i am working 16 hours with two children aged 5 and 3 my partner has ms and gets disability living allowence would these changes affect me

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  152. Trish D
    28. Feb, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    the new tax credits to make couples work 24 hours are going to cause alot of probs for couples do they not see this it will cost them more as alot of couples my split up over this. some people cannot get more hours like me at the moment. I will run it past my mother in law if she wants her son back it will cost the goverment more, and there will be more single parents. Goverment arnt bothered about about family units its terrible the poor children. we will be a nation of lower class single parents.

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  153. louise barrett
    28. Feb, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

    hi im a mum of 3 i work 16hrs an my husband works 37hrs we dont get workin tax credits but get tax credits will i have to up my hours to 24hrs to still get tax credits or is it just workin tax???

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  154. Emily
    29. Feb, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    Hi i am just about to finish maternity leave but am not returning back to work so am now basicaly unemployed we have a 1 year old daughter and my partner works 49 hours a week what will we be able to claim and can we get working tax credits? Any help will be much approciated
    Many thanks
    Emily

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  155. anita
    29. Feb, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    Please advise me, does anyone know how we can get childcare costs if our wtc stops? I am working 24 hrs and my husband works 42( he is currently on an iva for debt). I can’t afford to give up wk but can’t afford to pay childcare at the same time? We were struggling to pay with the help, so am now very scared what is going to happen? Please help?

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  156. leah
    01. Mar, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    this is a disgrace, its a big enough worry living week to week within todays expensive world, how the hell are families supposed to manage if their tax credits are taken away???? poverty is looming! its terrible when a single mum or dad can sit tight knowing they will be unaffected yet a couple gets zero, not impressed.

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  157. Kim
    01. Mar, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

    I am a single parent of 2 children but has a partner who is looking to move in with me
    He currently works 37 1/2 hours a week i work 16 hours a week
    I am currently in reciept of getting tax credits
    My partner earns 24k & I earn 14 k based on my 16 hours
    With regards to this new system is it possible somebody could advise me on how the new system will effect me should we move in together ?

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  158. Sean
    01. Mar, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

    ‘Income is over or around £26,000′.

    Why can’t the give a specific figure as it’s only a month away?

    What am I missing here?

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  159. Jayne
    02. Mar, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    Hi, could you tell me if you have to work extra 7 hours a week to increase to 24 hours do they deduct that amount you earn from the tax credits.

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  160. Shaney
    05. Mar, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    hello i lost my job in september so my wtc stopped i still recieve my ctc at £50 per week but a friend who is also out of work recieves £60 a week do you know any reason why?

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  161. Roebuck
    05. Mar, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    This country under this tory led coalition is a complete shambles, it is heartbreaking reading some of the peoples posts, you can sense the desperation in all of them, i am single with two children and i work 20hrs per week, i contacted the TC office and they assured me that as i was single i will not be affected, still feel as though something is coming though, i just do not trust this government at all, people should not just accept this, it is going to cause such upset amongst decent hard working families, the same families that this incompetent government pledged to support as long as you did the decent thing and worked, lies lies and more lies from them, punished more like, grrrrrr Rant over.

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  162. Amabel Badder
    05. Mar, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    I am now starting to worry about the tax credits being taken away. I have tried to google it, but can’t find any info that relates to myself. I know for a fact though that if we lose our tax credits we will lose our home. And won’t be able to feed the kids. My husband hours at work go down each year. How can the government get away with making the poor even poorer?

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  163. katie
    06. Mar, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    hi my boyfriend works 20 hours a week we have one child an one on the way so will my working tax credits stop

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  164. Lins
    07. Mar, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    Please help! I curently work 37.5hrs per week and my husband 27.5 taking us just over the £26000 new limit for tax credit, we have 1 child and pay a registered childminder while we both work. I know it says on the Tax Credit site that we may be ok if we pay a childminder, but does anyone know if we will be ok as our earnings are between £26000-£27000 a year? I am very worried as without our tax cedits we can’t afford to pay childcare therefore one of us would have to stop working, which we dont want to have to do!!! Does anyone know where we stand????

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  165. rach
    07. Mar, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    its the poll tax again let pick at the poor

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  166. michelle
    08. Mar, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    so if only 1 parent works 16 hrs but on maternity leave and the other cant get any work to make up the other 8 hrs will there be anything else they can claim? we will lose our home also when tax credits stop and i have 3 children and have just taken in my partners disabled daughter who was going into care so 4 children and two adults will be made homeless?? what kind of life will my kids have now?? the world has gone mad!!

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  167. Shahema
    08. Mar, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    why is there such a drastic chnage from both patners working amd earning under £41,300. to both earnbing under £26,000? Between us we earn £26,899. DOes this mean I do not qualify?

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  168. steph
    08. Mar, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    hi im get working tax credits,
    i am a person on a low income and do 35 hrs a week, do this change mean my payments will stop beacuse i dont have any children

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  169. Andy
    09. Mar, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    We have 5 children.
    My wife works 18 hours pw.
    I am self employed working about 40-50 hrs pw
    What will change for us?
    Thanks

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  170. jim
    10. Mar, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    my wife works 19hrs we have 2 children we will lose our tax credits in april but i will pretend to leave her so she look single

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  171. Gem x
    13. Mar, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    I think this government is a joke! Do they not understand we are in a recession, work is hard to come by, people have less money in their pockets to spend if indeed ANY left over after bills! If people are not spending business WILL & ARE going under, loosing yet more jobs. Feel sorry for those who can’t find the extra hours, if you can’t my advice would be to top up your hours by registering self employed, especially for those couples who could loose everything over a few hours! Still keep your day job & as an extra to top up your hours, try your hand at window cleaning, cleaning, mowing lawns, odd jobs you name it for a small fee! Even if you charge £1 an hour, hopefully it will then set you over the threshold to be entitled to some help! What’s the other option for those who loose all help, going on the dole, having your rent paid for, no council tax, extra benefits, surely this would cost the government more money, yes nice one David Cameron really making changes for the better. Privatisation the way forward? Dread to see the state we are in next year!!

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  172. Diane
    14. Mar, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    Hi guys,

    As numerous people have said in this thread…..

    If you are a single parent with one or more dependants, you only need to work 16 hours or more a week to qualify for working tax credit. Clear enough for you???

    If you are a couple with dependants, you need to work 24 hours between you to qualify for working tax credits.

    If you are a couple with dependants and only one of you works less than 24 hours, you will lose your tax credits. You will need the working person to up their hours at work by 8 hours or the stay at home partner to find 8 hours work somewhere to make up for it.

    The earning limits are changing too (i.e. they are much lower!!!)

    If you have one child, you will only receive working tax credits for an annual income of up to approx. £26,000

    If you have two children, you will only receive working tax credits for an annual income of up to approx. £32,200.

    However, childcare costs do come into it so if you pay for childcare and your income is over these two thresholds, you may be entitled to something.

    In my opinion, this government is saying that it pays to be a single parent and couples may be better off splitting up, how bad is that? I’m not saying its bad to be a single parent as circumstances happen but to penalise couples is just ridiculous.

    You think this is bad now? Wait for the Universal Credit benefit to be introduced. For some reason, this government seems unable to see what is blindingly obvious to those people looking for jobs, THERE ARE NO JOBS!!!! And if they keep squeezing the pockets of the majority of people in this country, there will be no spending and as a consequence no financial growth. Will we all be destined tolive in permanent recession? Vote against the tories and the lib dems at the next general election, no room for apathy at the polling booths next time.

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  173. Colette
    14. Mar, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    I am a lone parent of 2 and am really worried about the upcoming changes! I spoke with the Tax Credit office yesterday and they told me my working tax credit is going to stop because I only work 22 hours per week!! Really confused now. Does anyone know if this is correct? Every penny I earn is accounted for so I need to get my finances straight. I also asked them what would happen to my tax credits if my working hours reduced to less then 16 but they couldn’t answer! HELP!!

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  174. vicky
    16. Mar, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    hi all
    im married with 3 children and jointly earn £23k a year but we work over 55 hours a week joint and been told because we earn over £17k a year were still not eligable. weve worked since we were 16 even with having children weve worked and now we have to suffer a lose of £250 a month over it.

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  175. Chris
    19. Mar, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    Just got off the phone, and it looks like i will lose wtc of 200 a month my income is only 640 a month and mortgage is 440 a month, we were told we could still get benefits if we split up.
    So the new rules mean that either we will be made homeless because we wont be able to afford the mortgage or our family has to breack up so as not to lose our house.
    This absolutley stinks, my wife looks after the kids and i only work 22 hours a week with no chance of increasing them as i was made parttime last year as a part of redundency measure.

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    • jen
      11. Apr, 2012 at 8:18 am #

      Just lost my tax credits, I work 16hrs & my partner is unemployed. Still get child tax credits for my son. We wont get any other money instead. Moved in with my partner last year to provide good family security for my son. Now we would be so much better off splitting up. My partner will get job seekers and full rent paid, I will get working tax credits as I will be back to being a single mum and if I privately rent, then I will get housing benefit.Its just not right. My employer is unable to increase my hours, and with things the way they are my partner is unlikely to get work. They’ve just wiped out my income.I thought we were doing ok cos at least I work. We are now getting the same income as we would as unemployed except it costs me money to go to work, so Im even worse off.

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  176. Helen
    19. Mar, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

    I currently work 16 hours, my husband is a stay at home dad for our children, I can’t get the extra 8 hours at my work place, will we be able to get JSA top up instead? will the 16hr rule not apply for couples now? My husband has not signed on for the last 10 years, we have lived on my wage and tax credits, which is now making me worry when i read about someone else not paying enough stamp!

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  177. AndyBinns
    21. Mar, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    This is my familys situation. I earn £21,000 full time and my wife earns £6,000 part time. We have two kids bothy attending a nursery at the cost of £180 a week….My wife was thinking about going full-time again in september earning about £14,000.

    Is the £32,200 a total couples income? Meaning we would no longer get child tax credits to help pay for the childcare?

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    • lisa
      02. Apr, 2012 at 10:44 pm #

      I think you would still get some help towards the child care cost, as once you take off the amount you pay in child care you would be below the amount and thus be entitled to tax credits. hope that helps. only a few more days and we can all see what we will and will not get. on the tax credits calculator

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  178. lauren
    21. Mar, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    I am so confused my partner works son60 hours a week and I am at home with my son our income for last year will prob be around 30k are we still qualified for child tax and working tax, please help

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    • lisa
      02. Apr, 2012 at 10:40 pm #

      that depends on a number of things, like do you pay for any child care and has someone in the household got a disability etc etc if the answer is no to them all then sorry you can’t have tax credits anymore

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  179. soon to be very poor of essex
    24. Mar, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    We are a couple with three children I work 21 hours a week for minmum wage. The WTC is due to stop, we wont be able to go on job seekers allowance as I work over 16 hours. This means our income will drop by £3128.00 per annum. I have phoned every department we can think of and they have told us there will be no way of boosting our income following the suspention of WTC. My work cant provide extra hours. Other work is hard to come by as we all know.
    So I decided to call the national Debt line to see if they could help. They calculated our “esential living costs” after these we will be left with £17 to pay for other costs like debts, pets, Birthday presents ect. One option to meet esential living costs is to apply for a “Debt relief order” (a mini bancrupsy)and wipe the debts off. This will mean no chance of a loan for the next 6 years and loss of assets over £1000, such as cars, Houses ect.
    Other optiopns to increase our house hold income include; Getting fired from my job to claim JSA, Splitting up with my partner, Disabling myself,shop lifting or Theft (possibly mugging George Osbourne), regulary rioting and looting, Prostituting my self.(people are claiming that the government has left no options, here’s a few for us all to think seriosly about.)
    The annual budget came out earlier this week people earning over £150.000 will have their tax cutby 5%. Is it our WTC thats being stopped as low paid part time workers with families,that is now going to the fat cats so they can invest in the country. If so why doesn’t the government make these people take us on to increase our hours.
    It seems to me that after talking to WTC and JSA That We are in limbo, The government has introduced a policy that will put families with children who are working part time in to extreme state incouraged poverty, because we are working under 24hours and there is no further work for us. I think this is unacceptable, and people should voice there conserns and make this problem known to all.
    P.s. Maybe the government could produce a leaflet explaining why they have forced our families into poverty!

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  180. soon to be very poor of essex
    24. Mar, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    Sorry if I have offended anyone. I have used sarcasm to try and bring my point of view across. My wife suffers from bi- polerism but we arn’t allowed to recieve ESA or other. The truth is I dont think I should give up my job, I was under the impression If I was healthy I had a right to work (in my case I work in social care working with adaults with autism). at the moment it is under 24 hrs but I do intend to increase it as soon as possible. Maybe the government could help us all look for extra hours that suit our sercumstances.

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  181. marie
    27. Mar, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    My parntners boss says he cant guarantee him 24 hours, so 1 week he might get his usual 16 another he might get 24 + how will that work? im annoyed at the lack of info about these changes i cant even use the hmrc calculator yet. frustrating:/

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  182. Deb
    27. Mar, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    I cant understand how we can be encouraged to work when we both work Monday – Friday full time hours and my two boys have to go into nursery. The joint income for 2 children is now 32k ? Is that right? We cant afford to work in that case ? How on earth do they think they are helping working families ! A Joke

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  183. Donna
    27. Mar, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    Hi I am going back to work in 5 weeks and will be earning £276 per week before tax and insurnace and my partner earns about £400 per week before deductions, will we be entitled to any childcare costs as its going to cost £160 per week to out my baby with a childminder thats £640 per month nearly my wage for the month

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  184. Dave
    01. Apr, 2012 at 9:51 am #

    Could the government be any more vague on this information?

    Appears that those that pay more in to the system will be getting less out if it, it also seems to qualify for this aid either my wife or I need to quit our job and start claiming benefits.

    Our joint income is approx 40k per year but child care costs have increased, we have a mortgage + a large chunk of my wife’s income is spent on the out of control petrol prices so that she can commute to work.

    So what aid do we get?

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  185. teni
    02. Apr, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    Are mine entitle to to child tax credit if i use to work then stop working to look after the children. And husband has lost his job too.

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  186. Nerijus
    05. Apr, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

    Hello, i’m working 40 hours a week and my incomes are around 14000 a year, my wife at home with 4 childs. Can we get child tax credits and working tax? thanks

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  187. gavin
    05. Apr, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

    i am self employed with a net income of approx £5500 per year and work over 30 hours with 4 school age children
    how will my tax credits be affected?

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  188. laura
    11. Apr, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    hi there my fella works around 40 hrs pw i work 8 hours pw as i have a child under 2 yrs,we qualify for tax credits because between us we work over 24 hrs a week,and earn under £26000 a year. any single parent that works at least 16hrs a week still qualify for tax credits no changes are made for lone parents!if you work more than 16 hours a week it still makes no difference to lone parents.unless you earn over £26000 a year then you dont qualify.hope this helps.

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  189. mandy
    15. Apr, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    hi i cant get extra hrs but my boss told me he can offer me over time to make up my 24hrs i am working 16hrs at the moment so would this extra over time count for me to claim bk my wtc its not garenteed all the time though this goverment sucks big time!!!

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  190. Tina Clough
    15. Apr, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    I work 18 hours a week have three children and my husband is unemployed. I also study as part of my job, can these study hours be taken into account to put me over the 24 hour threshold, please help.

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