Working Tax Credits


Senior Member
Bit of a rant really and I know lots of people feel the same but thought I should vent it here.

I am a single Dad I have my daughter 3 nights a week. I earn £17000 a year pro rata which works out that I come out with £1000 a month.

I rang working tax credits as Im finding it difficult to pay for everything. However I have been told I earn too much.

I pay £200 a month maintenance.

I have been told I do not qualify as I earn too much. Fair enough but where is the incentive for me to go to work.

My daughters mother gets nearly £550 in child tax credit, £100 child benefit and £200 a month from me she works 14 hours a week.

So without her wage she comes out with the same amount as me. The system is absolutley appalling. I have no problem with the money she gets but it doesn't really encourage me to go to work does it!! So essentially I pay £200 for my Daughter to be looked after for 1 night! (ok so the CSA say I should only be paying £100 a month but I suppose I'm a bit soft)



Melksham, Wilts
The whole system is due something of a shake-up very soon according to somebody I know who works for CAB. I would talk to CAB if you get the chance they tend to be in the know if you find a good one.


Large Member
The whole system is due something of a shake-up very soon according to somebody I know who works for CAB.
It's all switching to be part of the Universal Credit. One combined government IT project to collate real-time reporting of every person's income and calculate all benefit payments: what could possibly go wrong?


Melksham, Wilts
It is going to be a horror according to my friend in CAB.


im a little tea pot
I love ranting about the benefits system!!

I hate that its based on your previous years income!

my wife and i earnt over £20k PA each before my boy was born, she then went on maternity and started claiming showing the combined wage of a £45 K ish i was then made redundant, she went back part time i got a job with less money, more hours but kept the roof over our heads! total income went down to £24K between us! then apparently we where overpaid by £500 over the year so they have reduced our benefits again! we where struggling to make ends meet recently!

At the moment we get £10 a week which barely covers nappys!


Flouncing Nobber
Ah, the irony of the Job Centre. If they knew so much about finding jobs then they wouldn't be working there in the first place.
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