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(03-04-2010, 11:34 AM)corinne Wrote: •Your household’s earned income before tax, excluding any overtime, is less than £25,000 per year OR your income is entirely from benefits so they wouldnt count benefits and apart from carers and child benefit the dla is actually paid to calum not you officially, you just use it for him (all letters are addressed to him with your name underneath) and they arent counted as income
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Thing is that it says OR your income is entirely from benefits which it isnt because of the wages as well as the benefits and therefore i think it would fall under the Total household income so the Tax credits and wages would be classed together.
The DLA would be excluded but the tax credits will be taken into account
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Hi,

Previously we would count earned income only, not including any benefits or tax credits, but our criteria have now changed. This is from our website:

Household income

The Family Fund has changed its criteria and the way it looks at income. From 1st April we will have a new income limit for each country, and a new way of looking at the money coming into a household to decide whether a family’s income meets our new income limit.

From 1st April the new income limits are:

· £25,000 in England
· £27,000 in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

The Fund will now look at the total money coming into the household. This is money from working, tax credits and benefits and other income coming in like rental income, maintenance payments or occupational pensions. We will look at the net pay from work (Money from earnings either through an employer, or self-employed including overtime, shift allowances, etc but after tax and National insurance has been taken off – the take home pay). We also count income from benefits, statutory payments and other money coming into the household like money from rental income, maintenance payments or interest from savings.

We do not count Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Attendance allowance (AA) or Child benefit. We are also removing the savings limit.

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Nice to see a family fund worker online please stick around as you will be very useful!
What did the income thereshold include previously then?
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(04-08-2010, 08:49 AM)Daniel Wrote: Nice to see a family fund worker online please stick around as you will be very useful!
What did the income thereshold include previously then?

Thanks for the welcome, we will do our best!

Previously (before 1st April) the income criteria was £23,000 in England or £25,000 for Scotland/Wales/NI. This is gross pay not including overtime and bonuses, and benefits, tax credits etc were not included. If your income was made up solely from benefits it didn't matter how much you received.

Because this is unfair to working families, we have changed the criteria to include all household income, so now the limits are £25,000 for England and £27,000 for Scotland/Wales/NI but this is based on Net take home pay (after tax & National Insurance have been taken off) plus any benefits and tax credits you receive (except DLA, Attendance Allowance and Child Benefit).

Hope that's clear!

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But now surely it makes people worse off who are earning a little but get tax credits top ups?
So in a way it makes it more unfair on working families on tax credits?
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