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can i claim child tax credits for my grandchildren

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Tax credits & benefits for work
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shazm.69shazm.69 Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Tax credits & benefits for work
My daughter and her 2 children are living with me temporarily. My daughter has been trying to claim tax credits but cannot as they are saying her national insurance number isnt activated. We have been waiting for 3 weeks and when ever we call them they say she has to wait another 2 weeks. She is getting desperate now as she has no money and i cannot afford to support them on my income.
Can i apply for child tax credits until she gets sorted out?
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  • miduckmiduck Forumite
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    No, she must apply. She should ask to speak to a manager and find out why there is such a delay.
  • PoppycatPoppycat Forumite
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    why dont you give them a ring and ask. I am not sure but probably not but no harm asking

    https://www.gov.uk/claim-tax-credits

    Tax Credit Helpline
    Telephone: 0345 300 3900
    Textphone: 0345 300 3909
    Outside the UK: +44 2890 538 192
    Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
    Saturday 8am to 4pm

  • Who do i ring to ask to speak to a manager the tax credits or the national insurance helpline???
  • ILWILW
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    Not being funny but, in your other thread you said your grandchildren are Spanish citizens. Is nobody chasing the Spanish social security people? If nothing else it will increase the chances of a payout.
  • paddedjohnpaddedjohn Forumite
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    ILW wrote: »
    Not being funny but, in your other thread you said your grandchildren are Spanish citizens. Is nobody chasing the Spanish social security people? If nothing else it will increase the chances of a payout.

    But why claim from Spain when you can get more off us mugs in this country.
    Be Alert..........Britain needs lerts.
  • My daughter is British and as far as i am concerned so are her children. They were only born in spain.
    And as for spanish social they didnt get a cent when they were there so why wld they give them anything now? Her partner wants to find work asap but is waiting for a national insurance number as he needs a CSCS card. The child tax credits will go towards feeding the babies as my daughter cannot.
  • McKneffMcKneff Forumite
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    She also needs to ring the DWP up and sort the NI number out. Ive never heard of an NI no not being activated.
    make the most of it, we are only here for the weekend.
    and we will never, ever return.
  • edited 6 December 2012 at 11:46AM
    ILWILW
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    edited 6 December 2012 at 11:46AM
    shazm.69 wrote: »
    My daughter is British and as far as i am concerned so are her children. They were only born in spain.
    And as for spanish social they didnt get a cent when they were there so why wld they give them anything now? Her partner wants to find work asap but is waiting for a national insurance number as he needs a CSCS card. The child tax credits will go towards feeding the babies as my daughter cannot.
    Are you sure you are getting the full story?
    The Spanish system is pretty similar to the UK one.
    The UK do not get many "benefit tourists" from Spain.
    Why are the paternal grandparent refusing to help?
  • No it most definately isnt the same. If you have no money in spain and no job you are entitled to nothing. If you are not paying into the social you dont get anything. Most jobs in spain are paid cash so the employer gets away with not paying your social. I lived there for a while and if i couldnt pay my electricity they would come and remove the metre until you pay the full amount. They are mercenary i have experienced this myself.
  • ILWILW
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    You need to step back and take all the emotion out of this.
    From your replies, I could not tell whether this is an issue for DWP or Immigration.
    If you cannot be clear with the authorities, none of them will help you.
    For example: What nationality are the children officially?
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