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  • Unity
    • #2
    • 29th Jul 08, 12:46 PM
    • #2
    • 29th Jul 08, 12:46 PM
    hi, just asking on behalf of a friend who dosen't have internet access.
    are premium bonds classed as savings for the purposes of claiming benefit ?

    friend has premium bonds which she purchased few years ago, not a massive amount, but has a little savings too, and is unwell enough to work at this present time, and is needing to go onto income support.
    premium bonds are 1000, and savings just over 5000, which would mean she is just over the savings limit to claim, if they are classed as savings
    thanks
    Originally posted by COCO-POPS
    Sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings but - yes, they are classed as savings - because of course, that's what they are, even though you don't accrue interest with them.
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  • seven-day-weekend
    • #3
    • 29th Jul 08, 12:46 PM
    • #3
    • 29th Jul 08, 12:46 PM
    I don't know the answer to this, but would guess that they were counted as savings, as you can cash them in at any time.

    If I'm wrong I'm sure someone will correct me.

    If her savings are only just over the £6k, she can still claim, but her benefits will be reduced. Once her savings are under £6, she will get the full amount.
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  • woodbine
    • #4
    • 29th Jul 08, 4:55 PM
    • #4
    • 29th Jul 08, 4:55 PM
    hi, just asking on behalf of a friend who dosen't have internet access.
    are premium bonds classed as savings for the purposes of claiming benefit ?

    friend has premium bonds which she purchased few years ago, not a massive amount, but has a little savings too, and is unwell enough to work at this present time, and is needing to go onto income support.
    premium bonds are 1000, and savings just over 5000, which would mean she is just over the savings limit to claim, if they are classed as savings
    thanks
    Originally posted by COCO-POPS
    I`m afraid they do count as they are effectively just another form of saving
    the good news is that between 6,000 and 16,000 benefits are only reduced by 1 for every 250 over the 6k until you reach 16k when all means tested benefits would stop
  • Francesanne
    • #5
    • 29th Jul 08, 5:58 PM
    • #5
    • 29th Jul 08, 5:58 PM
    hi, just asking on behalf of a friend who dosen't have internet access.
    are premium bonds classed as savings for the purposes of claiming benefit ?

    friend has premium bonds which she purchased few years ago, not a massive amount, but has a little savings too, and is unwell enough to work at this present time, and is needing to go onto income support.
    premium bonds are 1000, and savings just over 5000, which would mean she is just over the savings limit to claim, if they are classed as savings
    thanks
    Originally posted by COCO-POPS
    They do count as savings unfortunately. My elderly Mum has the grand sum of 3.00 in P.Bonds but they had to be declared when she was claiming Council Tax benefit.
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