Income Support & Carers Allowance, might consider part time work would I lose all IS?

joe565 Forumite Posts: 121
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edited 31 July 2013 at 11:36AM in Benefits & tax credits

I'm currently on Income Support £45.25 per week and Carer's Allowance which is £59.75 - total £105 per week.

I'm thinking of looking for part time work and saw a position of 14 hours at £6.20 which would be £86.80. Now if I'm right I don't think I'd get any Income Support if I got this Job but can still claim the Carer's Allowance as I can earn up too £100 per week if I provide 35 hours care each week which isn't an issue.

So from a financial point of view if I got this position I'd get £86.80 plus £59.75 (carers allowance) which would be £146.55 (currently getting £105 per week)

Would I get any Dental help if I did work part time?

I'm 35, live at home with parents, single, have no kids and don't have any rent etc. If I got this position would I get any Income Support (don't think I would) or would I get any working tax credit or I'm sure there isn't anything else?

Thanks alot



  • Caz3121
    Caz3121 Forumite Posts: 15,433
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    joe565 wrote: »
    or would I get any working tax credit or
    Assuming you have no disability yourself, you would need to be working 30 hours per week to qualify for WTC
  • rogerblack
    rogerblack Forumite Posts: 9,446 Forumite
    You can in some circumstances get IS while employed.
    As I understand it, you would have a £20 disregard - as you are also claiming the carer element.
    This would take your effective earnings to £66 - if you have no other expenses.
    This is under the total amount of IS + the carer premium of IS - so you still get paid something - and retain entitlement to any benefits linked from IS.
  • joe565
    joe565 Forumite Posts: 121
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    No I don't have any disability Caz3121.

    rogerblack I just spoke to someone in Income Support and they told me yes they disregard the first £20 so that's £66 but as they pay me £45.25 per week I'm earning more than that therefore wouldn't be entitled too any Income Support.

    I had a thought that seeing the job was for 14 hours I'd still get some Income Support but apparently not :o
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