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[learn_more caption=”What is the Benefit Cap”] From April 2013 there will be a limit on the amount of benefit you can get if you are of working age. The level of the cap will be : £500 a week if you’re in a couple, with or without dependent children £500 a week if you’re a single parent. £350 a week if you’re single adult and don’t have children or have children that don’t live with you. The benefits the cap will include are: Bereavement Allowance Carer’s Allowance Child Benefit Child Tax Credit Employment and Support Allowance, except where it is paid with the support component Guardian’s Allowance Housing Benefit Incapacity Benefit Income support Jobseeker’s Allowance Maternity Allowance Severe Disablement Allowance Widowed Parent’s Allowance Widowed Mother’s Allowance Widow’s Pension. Benefits that won’t be capped are: Council Tax Benefit or the replacement local support for Council Tax from April 2013 Discretionary Housing Payments Pension Credit State Retirement Pension Statutory Adoption Pay, Statutory Maternity Pay and Statutory Paternity Pay (paid by employers) Statutory Sick Pay (paid by employers) one off payments, for example, Social Fund loans non-cash benefits, for example, free school meals.[/learn_more]
[learn_more caption=”Do I still get child benefit when my child turns 16?”] You will still receive child benefit when your child turns 16 if they are staying in full time ‘non advanced’ education at school or college or they start an ‘approved’ training course.[/learn_more]
[learn_more caption=”What counts as Full Time education ?”] Education counts for Child Benefit if it’s full-time, ‘non-advanced’ education. Your child needs to have started, enrolled or been accepted onto a course that counts before their 19th birthday. ‘Full-time’ means that, on average, more than 12 hours a week in term time is spent on: tuition practical work supervised study taking exams It doesn’t include breaks for meals and homework.[/learn_more]
[learn_more caption=”What is included in Non advanced education?”] ‘Non-advanced’ education includes the following: GCSEs A levels NVQ/SVQ level 1, 2 or 3 BTEC National Diploma, National Certificate and 1st Diploma SCE higher grade or similar This isn’t a complete list. If you’re not sure whether your child’s education counts, you can contact the Child Benefit Office for further advice.[/learn_more]
[learn_more caption=”How do I apply for Tax Credits?”] To claim Tax Credits you need to fill in a claim form. You can only get the claim form from the tax credits helpline ( 0345 300 3900). You can’t download the form from the internet or put in a tax credit claim any other way than calling for the form.[/learn_more]
[learn_more caption=”Do I still get Child Tax Credit when my child turns 16?”] You can still get child tax credits if your child will be in full time education or ‘non advanced’ education at school or college or starting an approved training course. You will need to inform the Tax Credit office of your child’s plans for the correct payments to be made.[/learn_more]
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