Hello my name is Alex and I will help you with this. Please note that I am a working Solicitor and may be on and offline as I have to attend Court and meet with clients, even at weekends. As such you may not get an instant response when you reply as this is not an ‘on demand’ live service, but rest assured I will be giving your question my immediate attention upon return.
You must declare to the Council that you are taking full time education, as this may be considered a change in circumstances.
If you are a student in full-time higher education (degree level or equivalent), you cannot usually claim Housing Benefit. However, you can claim it if you are studying part-time.
So yes, it would be illegal not to declare this change in circumstance to the Council.
Child benefit it will not affect at all as this is child related.
As for Working Tax credit, you are entitled to this if you work over 30 hours a week. If you are not working over 30 hours a week, then you must declare this as a change.
Again if you do not it would be illegal as you would be claiming a benefit to which you are not entitled.
The good news is though in terms of Council Tax you would get a 100% exemption because you are a full time student.
Can I clarify anything about this for you today please? Alex
I realise this may not be the answer you want and certainly not the one I want to give, but I have a duty to give you honest advice.