Housing Benefit and starting Self Employment


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Dave

Hi,

I was wondering if anyone has had experience of claiming housing benefit
while starting up a small business?

I don't expect to make much, if anything for a few months until I get
going a bit, and have applied for WTC. I am entitled to about £46 a week
or something like that.

Currently I claim housing benefit as I am on JSA, having been paid off
recently.

Anyway, anyone know if I will get the full housing benefit until I am
earning enough to pay it myself. If so, how is it assessed - on a month
to month basis?

Would really appreciate any advice.

Cheers,
Dave
 
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Robbie

Dave said:
Hi,

I was wondering if anyone has had experience of claiming housing benefit
while starting up a small business?

I don't expect to make much, if anything for a few months until I get
going a bit, and have applied for WTC. I am entitled to about £46 a week
or something like that.

Currently I claim housing benefit as I am on JSA, having been paid off
recently.

Anyway, anyone know if I will get the full housing benefit until I am
earning enough to pay it myself. If so, how is it assessed - on a month
to month basis?

Would really appreciate any advice.

Cheers,
Dave
From my experience it was awarded based on your current income (ie you
may get the full amount) but it was reviewed after 13 weeks at the most.
Each council will have its own approach I would imagine.
 
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Niteawk

Dave said:
Hi,

I was wondering if anyone has had experience of claiming housing benefit
while starting up a small business?

I don't expect to make much, if anything for a few months until I get
going a bit, and have applied for WTC. I am entitled to about £46 a week
or something like that.

Currently I claim housing benefit as I am on JSA, having been paid off
recently.

Anyway, anyone know if I will get the full housing benefit until I am
earning enough to pay it myself. If so, how is it assessed - on a month
to month basis?

Would really appreciate any advice.
I dont know much about being self employed but you will have to show proof
of earnings to qualify for HB, 12 months of accounts at least for them to
determine your entitlement.
 
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mart2306

I dont know much about being self employed but you will have to show proof
of earnings to qualify for HB, 12 months of accounts at least for them to
determine your entitlement.- Hide quoted text -

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If just starting, thats usually about 18 months later when you have 12
months of accounts.
Most places will look at first 3 months trading, even though it
usually bears no relation to year end figures anyway. Then adjust if
necessary later.
Self employment can also give, on paper, negative income (ie a loss).

Martin <><
 
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Niteawk

I dont know much about being self employed but you will have to show proof
of earnings to qualify for HB, 12 months of accounts at least for them to
determine your entitlement.- Hide quoted text -

- Show quoted text -
If just starting, thats usually about 18 months later when you have 12
months of accounts.
Most places will look at first 3 months trading, even though it
usually bears no relation to year end figures anyway. Then adjust if
necessary later.
Self employment can also give, on paper, negative income (ie a loss).
As I said, I am not sure how it works for self employed. All I know is, to
get HB you have to show proof of income. How they go about determining that
when someone goes straight from JSA to self employed, I dont know.
 
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Dave

If just starting, thats usually about 18 months later when you have 12
months of accounts.
Most places will look at first 3 months trading, even though it
usually bears no relation to year end figures anyway. Then adjust if
necessary later.

As I said, I am not sure how it works for self employed. All I know
is, to get HB you have to show proof of income. How they go about
determining that when someone goes straight from JSA to self employed,
I dont know.
Many thanks guys.

I have a review at the JC shortly and will discuss it then. As mentioned,
I don't have any means to show what the income will be, I expect to make
a loss in the first six months anyway.

Cheers
 

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