New working tax credits rules for disability related claims - shame on this government!!
We have been informed this morning by HMRC that we no longer qualify for Working Tax Credits under new government rules.
The new rules, when claiming with a disability, stipulate that you must satisfy three rules;
1. that you work 16hrs a week or more
2. that you receive a qualifying disability benefit ( i.e. DLA)
3. that your condition makes it difficult for you to find work
fair enough i hear you say, however;
our scenario - my wife works 16 hrs a week (tick), she receives DLA (tick) and her condition makes it difficult for her to find work, err apparently not according to HMRC!!
So along goes my wife to her new job interview and they ask, " have you been sick within the last 2-5 years ( as most do ask)", "yes" replies my wife, "please tell us about that", "well I was off sick for 9 months, three of which I was sectioned under the mental health act against my will, and i now receive DLA, have regular treatment and an assigned social worker".................. ..................do we really believe that any employer would employ such a person??? does this not make it difficult for my wife to find work?? The only reason she works 16hrs ( still on sick leave presently) is due to the fact she worked prior to her illness and they have employer obligations.
As a result of the above situation the HMRC and this government have taken £500 per month away from us and have simply put our home at risk.
Well done Mr Cameron.