Its so annoying, i only get stat pay from work and h2b doesnt earn enough to support 3 of us... no wonder so many people dont go back to work when they receive all this help and ppl like us dont
Is the rule about transferring/sharing maternity leave in place yet? I know that they are talking of introducing this for people like you, so you could go back to work early but h2b could stay home and take the rest of your mat leave, if that makes sense? That way you would be more financially sound. Worth looking in to x
not even that but h2b is quite new in his career and i dont want to do that to him professionally. we knew it would be hard but just trying to weigh up our options see what help we can get.
Benefit entitlement is purely dependent upon what you have coming in. If you are renting and on low income you may well get HB but you would have to do online calculations as it is different for everybody
Try this calculator
I would just apply for it all and see what happens, im sure child tax etc etc make their own minds up as they go along. Good luck
To an extent you are right about tax credits being based on the year before - but this is only if there is no dramatic difference. If you go from £30k to minimum they don't expect you to work a year before claiming. So def do the benefit checker or give them a ring to see what you could get
I would but as i mentioned above he is very new in his career and i do not want to do that to him professionally. If we cant get help then its a shame but means we just have to make other cuts just would be nice to think we could get some help even tax credits which we currently arent eligible for.
It's worth contacting your local Council as Housing Benefit entitlement is a means tested on your income and dependent on your circumstances. If your partners income is relatively low and you're renting your property it's definitely worth a shot. Even if you don't qualify for full HB, you may get a small amount towards your rent - even £5 a week is something. And you have a higher applicable amount once you have a child and you get an additional premium while your baby is under 1. Also look into Working and Child Tax Credits - entitled to is a really useful website and will sign post additional benefits/ grants you may be entitled to. Hope this helps.