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I am a pensioner and getting housing benefit how many hours

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I am a pensioner and getting housing benefit how many hours will I be able to work without loosing it
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Alice H replied 3 years ago.
My name is Alex Hughes and I am a Solicitor based in London. I'm happy to help with your question today.

With housing benefit you should to declare ALL WORK regardless of the number of hours involved.

The reason I say this is because the normal rule of thumb is that you can do 16 hours but when you read the small print of your application you'll see that you have to tell the council of ANY change in circumstances.

A change of circumstances, therefore, is ANY work regardless of the number of hours.

By notifying the council you protect yourself from any possible accusation of failing to notify a change (benefit fraud) even if the change does not actually affect your entitlement.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

It is possible it will be 20 hrs per week on a self employed basis

Expert:  Alice H replied 3 years ago.

You MUST declare more than 16 hours work.

Working 20 hours per week may affect the amount of housing benefit you receive.

The council will do a calculation when you declare your work and wages and advise you of the change.

Its essential that you tell the council about this work even though your self employed.

Failing to tell them could result in your benefits being stopped and an investigation for benefit fraud.
Expert:  Nicola-mod replied 3 years ago.


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