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    What Benefit can 16 year old claim, please>
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    • 16th Oct 09, 10:25 AM
    What Benefit can 16 year old claim, please> 16th Oct 09 at 10:25 AM
    My 16 year old daughter (who lives at home with me) left school in the summer, hoping to start work. But the job has fallen through. Now she is unemployed, not in education or training. Can she claim any Benefits?

    My own situation is I'm single, receive DLA and Income Support. I have a younger 8 year old daughter, too.
    I informed the Job Centre last week about my 16 year old daughters situation and they have said I cannot claim for her any more, and they are cutting my Income Support by over £50 per week and stopping child benefit.

    I asked them how are we supposed to feed and clothe my daughter? They told us she must make a claim herself. But they also said she cannot claim job seekers allowance because she's too young.

    We are very confused. As a family we are effectively facing an Income drop of £70 per week counting the lost Child Benefit.
    Can anyone advise, please? The Income Support help line have no answer.
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