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    thebushidokid
    Help through the transition period?
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    • 15th Sep 12, 3:58 PM
    Help through the transition period? 15th Sep 12 at 3:58 PM
    As the title asks, is there any help out there to help us through a transition. Thankfully, my 16 year old son has been accepted as a apprentice with a large company. I am a single parent who was claiming Income Support, I am also my brother's Carer, therefore Carers Allowance was being payed. I received Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit (All under the Scottish system). Since my son left school in the summer and commenced the Apprenticeship this month (minimum apprentice wage applies), I have advised all the benefit departments of this change. So, obviously CB and CTC has stopped. My quandry is that My son is being payed monthly, his bus fare to work is 17 per week and he has to attend college on Monday for a week which will cost 35.50 (the cheapest way I can find for him to travel). I am overjoyed that he has this opportunity but, he is not payed until the 25th of the month and it is a struggle to get him to work. Is there anything out there that can help us through this time. Your replies are much appreciated.
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    • helpfulperson
    • By helpfulperson 16th Sep 12, 12:38 PM
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    • 16th Sep 12, 12:38 PM
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    • 16th Sep 12, 12:38 PM
    Go to www.turn2us.org.uk and check what benefits each of you are entitled to. He might be entitled to Working Tax Credit, for instance. One downside though is that he is now a 'non-dependent' so if you are getting housing and council tax benefit, they might be affected - let the council know asap to avoid any overpayment.
    • Caz3121
    • By Caz3121 16th Sep 12, 1:48 PM
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    • 16th Sep 12, 1:48 PM
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    • 16th Sep 12, 1:48 PM
    Go to www.turn2us.org.uk and check what benefits each of you are entitled to. He might be entitled to Working Tax Credit, for instance.
    Originally posted by helpfulperson
    He is 16, you need to be 25 to claim working tax credits
    • pmlindyloo
    • By pmlindyloo 16th Sep 12, 2:30 PM
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    • 16th Sep 12, 2:30 PM
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    • 16th Sep 12, 2:30 PM
    He is 16, you need to be 25 to claim working tax credits
    Originally posted by Caz3121

    Exactly!

    Plus, if a non dependant is under 18 years old there is a nil deduction as regards HB and CTB.

    Since this is only a transitional period because your son isn't getting paid until the end of the month, he should ask the company if there is any way they could give him some wages in advance.

    Most employers would be happy to do this.
    • helpfulperson
    • By helpfulperson 16th Sep 12, 2:34 PM
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    • 16th Sep 12, 2:34 PM
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    • 16th Sep 12, 2:34 PM
    Forgot to mention that www.turn2us.org.uk also has information on grants available for one off costs.
  • thebushidokid
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    • 16th Sep 12, 7:44 PM
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    • 16th Sep 12, 7:44 PM
    Please accept my thanks to all that replied to my query. It is much appreciated, I will check out the website mentioned.
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