I’m 53 years old, married and my wife is 38.During the last three years we have been received housing and council tax benefits. Also, I have been received Employment and Support Allowance from Oct 2012 until 17 of July 2014 when was stopped. Right now I made a new claim for different matter and I’m waiting to be processed.
My problem with Newham council is that in August my H&C Tax benefits was suspended because I’m a full time student. I tried to explain them money from Student Finance are not mine, are loans which must be paid back with interest, less maintenance grant (£3387) which are not payable back. Also, they mentioned to me verbally, DWP was informed about my situation and now they are waiting for a decision in order to pay me back my H&C Tax.
We don’t have any others sources of income, less student finance money, no saving, bounds or properties.
My questions are:
-I’m entitled to receive H&C Tax benefits if I’m full time student?
-Is it a compulsory condition to receive Employment in Support Allowance in order to get H&C Tax?
Thanks for your help.I have received your answer just today in the morning.So,to be clear even if I'm unemployed me and my wife(I'm out of work for near two years with medical certificates), no others sources of income, possible Employment and Support Allowance again I can't qualify for H&C Tax just because I will receive a maintenance grant from SF?
How two people can copy to pay all their expenses just with SF money one year ?
Ok, can you be little bit more clear please.My student finance grant can influence our entitlement for H&C benefits?We don't have any children ,my wife is unemployed and I'm out of work for a whole! My medical shows very clear ''not fit for work'' because I have strong lower back pain and I can't work any more like a builder. Newham council try to explain us they are waiting for DWP to confirm our entitlement.
So in this regards ***** ***** have back our H&C Tax payments?
Now,I can understand.But let's forget about a letter to councillor or our MP because will be probably a wasting time.What other actions we can take? Exp. take action in a court...Please tell us all the alternatives and which is our chances to win ,in a court for example.