Benefit 1 Housing Benefit from council £192 fortnightly = £4,992.00 per annum issued against universal benefit for single bedroom status, which is my entitlement.
Benefit 2 Pension credit from DWP currently £24.03 weekly, this is a top-up pension added to my state pension of £110.50 issued weekly.
No - clearly if he earns money (more than a certain minimum?) his benefits will be affected.
If he starts working again as self employed - he may or may not be successful. For example he may get 0/1/6/12/or even 20 jobs per year each worth in the region of £300-£400.
The people in the council seem to look at this as a reason to "threaten" him with loss of benefits (unbelievable!!) and quite reasonably he doesn't want to relaunch his career with the sword of damocles hanging over him.
Question: how does he move forward without taking loss of benefits risk (in the case that he fails) and/or without being any worse off in the case that he is (partially) successful?
Yes, quantification of your last statement is a large part of the answer. Ideally a graph of earnings vs loss of benefits - how do I generate that? The 2nd part of the answer is to do with timing. They appear to want him to commit to the amount of earnings up front - which is clearly impossible for him to do. If we went with a proposal to the council that we would report in with actual earnings each quarter for example would that work?
No wonder people on benefits never get off!!
Ok If I understand you correctly we go to the council and say he expects to earn say 3.6k (12*£300) in the first year and we will revert each month with actuals, emphasising that he is self employed and not on a wage - we do that in writing.
Would that a) allow him to get started without worrying about his benefits and b) Provide the council with a proposition that they could accept - without taking unilateral action?
Jo, sorry. One omission on my part, the guy is 70+ yrs old does that change anything substantially?