What are they entitled to


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Enid HODSON

Hello
I have written to this group before but haven't seen it on. My
daughter's husband has to go into hospital at the end of this month for a
brain operation, he has a tumour growing on the nerve of his ear, which the
surgeon is going to take out, the nerve as well, they have told him that he
will be off work for 5 or 6 months. His firm didn't dismiss him, & are
keeping him on a small retainer,they had a man in last week to sort out
there finances, & he has said that they have to get rid of the car she used
for her job, which she has had to give up, she also has a young baby & uses
the car for shopping & to get her & baby from AtoB, she is also going to
need it to go over to Manchester as he is going in hospital there, his bike
& the phone have to go as well. She rang up the social, & they told her
because he has a job that they can only claim Income Support, & that is
means tested, she is at her wits end, not only with the worry of him, but
also how they are going to managefor the next yr.
If anyone can give help or advice we would be very grateful. ELHodson
[PS. She lives in Blackpool so it will be an expense to get to Manchester
every day]
 
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anthonyberet

Enid said:
Hello
I have written to this group before but haven't seen it on.
My daughter's husband has to go into hospital at the end of this
month for a brain operation, he has a tumour growing on the nerve of
his ear, which the surgeon is going to take out, the nerve as well,
they have told him that he will be off work for 5 or 6 months. His
firm didn't dismiss him, & are keeping him on a small retainer,they
had a man in last week to sort out there finances, & he has said that
they have to get rid of the car she used for her job, which she has
had to give up, she also has a young baby & uses the car for shopping
& to get her & baby from AtoB, she is also going to need it to go
over to Manchester as he is going in hospital there, his bike & the
phone have to go as well. She rang up the social, & they told her
because he has a job that they can only claim Income Support, & that
is means tested, she is at her wits end, not only with the worry of
him, but also how they are going to managefor the next yr. If anyone
can give help or advice we would be very grateful. ELHodson [PS. She
lives in Blackpool so it will be an expense to get to Manchester
every day]
This is not a full statement of the law, but incapacity benefit might apply
(it says if he has been incapable of work for 4 days, and not that he has to
leave his job)
http://www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk/cms.asp?Page=/Home/Customers/WorkingAgeBenefits/492#caniget

This might be topped up by Income Support if your "applicable amount" is
higher than the amount of Incapacity Benefit:
http://www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk/cms.asp?Page=/Home/Customers/WorkingAgeBenefits/493#howmuch

Working out your applicable amount is complicated, so post back if you need
any advice.

If they pay rent then Housing Benefit may be claimed from the local council,
along with Council-Tax Benefit.
http://www.dwp.gov.uk/lifeevent/benefits/housing_benefit.asp
http://www.dwp.gov.uk/lifeevent/benefits/council_tax_benefit.asp

Incidentally, part of the guidance on CTB on that site is wrong, the amount
of rent you pay and whether is is reasonable applies to HB, not CTB.
CTB is only usually only payable up to the amount of CT band E though.
She probably doesn't have to get rid of her phone, as long as she has a good
deal and doesn't over-use it.
I don't know of any help with travel to hospital expenses.
 
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anthonyberet

Ted said:
You might care to try one of the Housing /Council tax Benefit
calculators online
http://www.irrv.org.uk/BENEFITS/bencalculator.asp
or http://www.entitledto.co.uk/ these will give you an idea of the
information required for an applicable amount calculation.
I am not sure how up to date these particular calculators are.
Here's a copy of an email I have just sent to the IRRV contacts for their
calculator:

"HI, I just wanted to point out that the IRRV online benefits calculator at
http://www.irrv.org.uk/BENEFITS/bencalculator.asp needs to be updated for
tax year 2003/4.
(it is still using last years applicable amounts).
Also, I think it would be good to specify the use of gross income for
non-dependents and gross income minus tax and NI for claimants/partners.
You could also add a link or explanation about pre-tenancy determinations
(ie the user can use the local reference rent if one applies in the rent
box).
Apart from that, the calculator is good becuase it doesn't default to the
local figures for Council-tax, like several of the LA's calculators do. This
means it can be used by anybody in the country. "

The http://www.entitledto.co.uk/ is up-to date with 2003/4's figures, but
oddly, it still offers a WFTC calculator (now a defunct tax-credit).
It also says you can't claim HB if you live with a 'close relative', and
lists which relatives count as close, but neglects to mention that this only
matters if said relative is your landlord. I think the claculator is a good
one though, apart from that minor foible (there has to be some cut-off in
the amount of detail of these things)
 
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Ted Hutchinson

Here's a copy of an email I have just sent to the IRRV contacts for their
calculator:

"HI, I just wanted to point out that the IRRV online benefits calculator at
http://www.irrv.org.uk/BENEFITS/bencalculator.asp needs to be updated for
tax year 2003/4.
(it is still using last years applicable amounts).
Also, I think it would be good to specify the use of gross income for
non-dependents and gross income minus tax and NI for claimants/partners.
You could also add a link or explanation about pre-tenancy determinations
(ie the user can use the local reference rent if one applies in the rent
box).
Apart from that, the calculator is good becuase it doesn't default to the
local figures for Council-tax, like several of the LA's calculators do. This
means it can be used by anybody in the country. "

The http://www.entitledto.co.uk/ is up-to date with 2003/4's figures, but
oddly, it still offers a WFTC calculator (now a defunct tax-credit).
It also says you can't claim HB if you live with a 'close relative', and
lists which relatives count as close, but neglects to mention that this only
matters if said relative is your landlord. I think the claculator is a good
one though, apart from that minor foible (there has to be some cut-off in
the amount of detail of these things)
Thanks
Ted
 

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