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    Isis Black
    Parents Learning Allowance
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    • 2nd Jan 10, 4:34 PM
    Parents Learning Allowance 2nd Jan 10 at 4:34 PM
    Hi there I am a married mum with 3 girls who is embarking on the scary adventure of University in October. I am currently trying to find out information about the funding i can get and found information on everthing but the parents learning allowance! no where says about the rates it would be paid on or what income level you can or cannot get it on.
    sop i was jsut wondering if anyone can offer any advice??!!
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    • Taiko
    • By Taiko 2nd Jan 10, 5:26 PM
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    • 2nd Jan 10, 5:26 PM
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    • 2nd Jan 10, 5:26 PM
    That would be because there's no set rates for income for PLA.

    Any entitlement is calculated on your husbands net income, minus allowable deductions such as mortgage payments, rent, council tax, home insurance. Things like utility bills and car insurance aren't taken into account.
  • Oldernotwiser
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    • 2nd Jan 10, 5:36 PM
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    • 2nd Jan 10, 5:36 PM
    You might find the financial calculator on here to be helpful.

    http://www.direct.gov.uk/prod_consum_dg/groups/dg_digitalassets/@dg/@en/@educ/documents/digitalasset/dg_174795.pdf
    • Taiko
    • By Taiko 2nd Jan 10, 6:25 PM
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    • 2nd Jan 10, 6:25 PM
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    • 2nd Jan 10, 6:25 PM
    I like how they have pretty much stolen a spreadsheet I designed several years ago, that was an original creation, and passed it off as theirs. Wondered why I got asked for it last year...
  • clair0
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    • 2nd Jan 10, 6:31 PM
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    • 2nd Jan 10, 6:31 PM
    ive been trying to get parents learning allowance and childcare grant since i applied in june..its been a nightmare.they keep requesting my sons birth certificate to get childcare grant,after sending it off and they return it,i waited at least 2 months only to be told they lost the copy and i have to resend it..so i called the direct line last week to the actual people who asses applications and she said she will send me an envelope which she will receive directly and asses it for me.i still havent received the envelope she sent 24th december....nightmare ..financialy i cant keep sending my son to nursery due to low funds
  • Oldernotwiser
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    • 2nd Jan 10, 8:16 PM
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    • 2nd Jan 10, 8:16 PM
    I like how they have pretty much stolen a spreadsheet I designed several years ago, that was an original creation, and passed it off as theirs. Wondered why I got asked for it last year...
    Originally posted by Taiko
    Jolly useful though!
  • Isis Black
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    • 3rd Jan 10, 8:12 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 10, 8:12 PM
    Oh all this applications is annoying! i am trying to fill the forms in (on line) and got to my hubbys income and any other income like tax credits then the main outgoings such as the mortgage.

    But what it doesnt tell you is is it based on per month or per year????
    and one thing tells you to put in hubbys inome after deductions yet something else says his income before deductions.

    its all so confusing, i am hoping college will have a session in study skills to go through it or else i wil have to go talk to the ladies in finance at college!
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    • Taiko
    • By Taiko 3rd Jan 10, 11:05 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 10, 11:05 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 10, 11:05 PM
    It's the yearly figure that is needed, and it's based on an academic year, so from September to August.

    If SFE do as I do, they should review every few months. Where PLA/Childcare is all on estimates, it needs to be reviewed to try and avoid huge overpayments.
    • superflygal
    • By superflygal 5th Jan 10, 7:30 PM
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    • 5th Jan 10, 7:30 PM
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    • 5th Jan 10, 7:30 PM
    Very useful, I need to know same thing, as I have 2 babies (mature student) and am hoping to go to Uni in Oct. I need some help with funding for childcare as for 2 bubbas it's £300+ per week!!

    Taiko, do you know we can use the childcare vouchers in conjunction with a nursery fee grant? Was hoping we can as DH can get those through his job.

    Also, there is a discretionary fund the Unis give out-does anyone know how to apply for that?

    Is it worth applying for everything and seeing what the outcome is??

    SFG X
  • clair0
    I called SF and the man said my Childs birth certificate is now with the specialist support team and didnt give me a time frame ..does anyone know how long for the PLA and CCG it takes when its with the specialist support team..im hoping it wont be long
    • Taiko
    • By Taiko 8th Jan 10, 3:16 PM
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    A long time, from what I'm hearing. However, give them a call on 01325 215194 and they should be able to give you a better timeframe.
  • clair0
    A long time, from what I'm hearing. However, give them a call on 01325 215194 and they should be able to give you a better timeframe.
    Originally posted by Taiko
    Thanks i called them and the man said about 3 weeks i guess its a waiting game
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    I get the impression that Student Finance don't actually know what they're talking about regarding the PLA. I phoned a few weeks before Christmas to see if there would be a chance I'd receive my PLA soon. I was told it would be paid within 3 weeks, though if I was lucky I'd get it before Christmas.

    In the first week of January, I phoned back to say I still hadn't had it and they told me they'd changed their minds......I wasn't going to get it because my daughter had just turned 16.

    My university has told me that's wrong! I'm a single parent, my daughter is still at school and she is wholly dependant on me - so we phoned them back and they said they'd look into it again.

    I've now got a letter saying I'm not entitled (but this time there is no reason) and to be quite honest I just think they're just trying to find any way they can to stall and prevent paying up. DON'T need all this hassle and stress - just want to concentrate on my assignments!!
    • Taiko
    • By Taiko 19th Jan 10, 9:01 PM
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    Regulation 46 defines PLA entitlement, and it's also covered within Paragraph 82 of the "Grants for Dependants" that the assessors should have read. To quote from above:

    "
    1. A Parents’ Learning Allowance (PLA) of up to £1,508, subject to income assessment is available to students with one or more dependent children regardless of the age of the children. It can be paid whether or not student parents use registered or approved childcare."
  • ADNone
    Thanks Taiko. I'll quote that to them if they try fobbing me off with the 'she's too old' excuse again.
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