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  1. Thanks Mikey. Income support don't pay for my child I get that through CTC. The reason I get Income support is because of the carer premium as I get carers allowance.
  2. Evening after a little advice if I may It is probably a really dense question but I'm stuck with the answer:( I got a letter in the post the other day from the Income support dept, I get carers allowance and the carer premium in Income support. The letter states: I am writing to you because we need details of all the children that you get Income support for and who are already, or soon will be, 16 years of age. Please let us have the information asked for on the page called Information we need. Do not forget to sign the page before you send it back to us. Information we need: Name: xxxxxxxxxxxxx Date of Birth: xxxxxxxxxx Are you getting child benefit for child (yes) Is child still in FT education (yes) This is the section I'm stuck on. If yes, please tell us: The name of the school or college child goes to ( xxxxxxxxxxxxxx) When the course will end ? The date of the final examination ? What child will do after this course (Further education) The question's in red are what I am struggling with, my child will be 16 at the end of the month however he will just be starting his prelims then. He has Autism and was kept back a year in school. We have not been given dates for exams yet, and even once he has done his exams he will still be continuing on at school, he can stay in school until he is 18. Appreciate any advice TIA.
  3. Just to up date tribunal was yesterday. Child support arrears are taken into account! Blah blah blah waiting for IS to get in touch now regarding the overpayment that happened in December apparently the tribunal couldn't discuss this bit yeaterday they could only discuss the child support side aye that took all of 10 minutes.
  4. Your updates are visible to anyone who has an internet connection! You don't have to be a member of CAG to read posts, anyone could be reading them
  5. Can I reclaim benefits if my job stops? Yes. If you are thinking about working, find out if you will be able to reclaim any of the benefits you currently get if your job does not work out. A number of schemes provide protection, including: • 104-week benefit protection • the two-year linking rules • rapid reclaim. 104-week benefit protection If you have been on benefits because you are incapable of work, and you stop claiming to take up work or training, you may qualify for 104-week benefit protection. This means that if you stop work or training within 104 weeks of starting, and you need to claim a benefit again because you are incapable of work, you can reclaim your benefit at the same rate as before. The benefits that are covered include: • ESA • SDA, which was abolished for new claimants in April 2001, but some people may still be getting it • IB and any age addition and dependents’ additions that you were getting before you started work • IS, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. You will qualify for the disability premium paid with these benefits, without having to serve the qualifying period again • tax-free IB, if you were on IB before 1995 • IB without a reduction for an occupational pension, if you were on IB before April 2001 • entitlement to mortgage interest or other housing costs as part of your IS, without having to serve a waiting period. You qualify for 104-week benefit protection if you: • were incapable of work for more than 196 days in your last period of incapacity for work • cease to be entitled to benefit on the grounds of incapacity for work • start paid work within a month of ceasing to be entitled to benefit. This includes taking part in a government training programme for which a training allowance is paid. http://www.rnid.org.uk/VirtualContent/101696/Benefits_and_work_April_2010.pdf Does that help any?
  6. The benefits of the person you care for If you claim Carer's Allowance, it could affect the amount of benefit the person you care for receives. The person you care for could lose the severe disability premium in their income-related benefit or the addition for severe disability in their Pension Credit. If you only have an underlying entitlement to Carer's Allowance and are not actually paid it, this will not affect the benefits of the person you care for.
  7. 12. What if my Local Housing Allowance is more than my rent? You can keep up to £15 per week excess that you are paid. This excess will not normally be taken into account when deciding other benefits.
  8. Just phoned Income support dept to ask if they had received my letter asking for them to re look at my claim :D nice lady told me they have indeed looked at my claim again and as you said Mikey the rapid reclaim was wrong they have sent out the arrears and they have amended my claim to only take £53.10 as income. No word whatsoever on the CSA overpayment as of yet.
  9. Bob, I honestly don't think you get a choice whether you can keep your DLA claim open, i suspect it would be closed down as you are now receiving WDP.
  10. A one bed property, so you will be sharing the same room?
  11. Have Income support sent you a letter yet telling you that they have stopped your payments? When was the last time Income support went into your bank or post office account?
  12. Before I had to do a rapid reclaim payments were: Income support 2008/2009 £60.50 for me + £27.75 carer premium Total £88.25 less £50.55 Carers allowance = £37.70 pw (they were paying this) Carers allowance 2008/2009 £237.20 every 4 weeks (was paid) = £59.30 pw Carers Rates 2008/2009 = £50.55 + £11.35 for child dependant (reduction for an eldest/only child where CB payable) = £61.90 - £59.30 = £2.60 (CB reduction) Income support 2009/2010 £64.30 for me + £29.50 carer premium Total £93.80 less £53.10 Carers allowance = £40.70 pw (they were paying this) Carers allowance 2009/2010 £245.20 every 4 weeks (was paid) = £61.30 pw Carers Rates 2009/2010 = £53.10 + £11.35 for child dependant (reduction for an eldest/only child where CB payable) = £64.45 - £61.30 = £3.15 (CB reduction) Income support Rapid Reclaim March 2010 £64.30 for me + £29.50 carer premium Total £93.80 less £61.30 Carers allowance = £32.50 pw (they have sent a giro cheque for this amount, this should be £40.70 exactly the same as it was before child support payments began again) Carers allowance 2009/2010 £245.20 every 4 weeks (was paid) = £61.30 pw Carers Rates 2009/2010 = £53.10 + £11.35 for child dependant (reduction for an eldest/only child where CB payable) = £64.45 - £61.30 = £3.15 (CB reduction)
  13. Mikey I owe you big time I thought my whole world ended on Friday after that phonecall with Income support. I have gone through all my bank statements well I say all, all that I have since 2004. I wasn't claiming Income support until 2008. I was getting carers allowance and child support was in payment it was in April 2008 that child support for some reason or another stopped and I started to claim Income support so there certainly isn't an eight year overpayment. Tax credits were in payment in 2004 also (I assume it was called tax credits rather than child tax credits back in 2004 as changes on my bank statement to child tax credits from 19th June 2006)
  14. Letter re appeal in the post already Mikey christ I'm going to be on first name terms soon with the appeals dept and the tribunal panel soon. When you say if IS are not paying for children do you mean the old way the use to pay, where you would get a child element on your IS for kids? Cos I no longer get this we were transferred over to child tax credits a while ago. May I also say Mikey I am very grateful to you for taking the time to help me with this very difficult situation I find myself in at the moment.
  15. If you and your ex can agree on child support ditch these numpties asap! Tell them to close the case and not to persue any arrears. You can do something, do a private agreement.
  16. :eek::eek: It get's worse before it get better right Saga update! Had to do a rapid reclaim for Income Support as yes you guessed it child support failed again. Anyway to the point. Apparently in yonder years gone by about 2002 you got an extra premium with your Carers' allowance if the person you were caring for was a child (news to me). Since my rapid reclaim has been processed they have calculated my income from carers' as £63.10 an extra £8.20 from the normal carers' amount of £53.10 which now equates that my Income support entitlement is £31.80 per week not £40.70 per week that they have been paying me for before my claim was stopped because of child support payments. So since 2002 it appears Income support have been overpaying me and again they want this money back. I have just been on the phone to the Carers' department and the lady I spoke to has said Income support have always been aware there has been this extra allowance paid on top of my Carers allowance, so why up until I have had to do a rapid reclaim was this never picked up? When they tell you on the phone that an overpayment must be paid back I should expect a letter to confirm this right? Completely bricking it now as a eight year overpayment of IS is going to be sh*tloads but I never knew about the extra allowance from Carers' allowance and it appears up until now neither did the team doing my Income support. I can't afford to pay back 8 years worth of money, I might aswell be dead because all these bloody overpayments due to child support and extra allowances are driving me up the bloody twist.
  17. Yes you can, template letters here: Letter Templates I also believe there is a £10 fee.
  18. Nice try JCP at the blackmailing, not gonna work! Just had a call from the BDC to ask why I'm appealing the decision told them that arrears from child support shouldn't be taken into account which they weren't in July and August but were in December. They say they have looked over my appeal and they are still not going to change their decision, she openly admits they made a mistake in July and August and if I go to appeal they will request this paid back, but if I let things drop now and not go to appeal they will forget about the overpayment pmsl! That's good of them. Told her just to carry on with my appeal thanks
  19. Apply for employment and support allowance.
  20. I appreciate all your help Mikey thank you. Now to sort out housing benefit and council tax benefit as the DWP informed them I am no longer entitled to Income support oh the joys!
  21. I have put in an appeal however I'm not very hopeful after speaking to the CAB yesterday. CAB states: If the claimant receives a lump sum of maintenance instead of periodic payments, the lump sum is counted in full as income. This may mean that the claimant is disqualified from Income support or Income based JSA for the number of weeks covered by the lump sum. The number of weks is worked out according to a formula which involves the amount of benefit the claimant would otherwise receive, and also depends on whether the maintenance is paid in respect of the claimant and her/his children or the children alone. From CPAG Welfare benefits and tax credits handbook.
  22. List everything and price it also imho.
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