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Hello my ex-wife receives the following benefits Child

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my ex-wife receives the following benefits

Child TAX credits
Child Benefits
Income Support

She is currently applying for SMI to help paying the mortgage, can you please advise whether and how she would be affected if I employ her in my Company and offer her a part time job?

thanks in advance

kindly advise

Thank you for your question. My name is ***** ***** I will try to help with this.

Sorry for the delay.

How many hours would she be working?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.



roughly 20-25/week




How much would she be earning?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

around 700/month


That is going to be an issue I'm afraid.

She will keep child benefits. They are not means tested.

Both of the other benefits are means tested and if she is receiving £700 a month then she would either lose or have them reduced.

There is really no way around it.

Whatever she is earning needs to be declared. Some earnings make more difference than others but this is a sum that would reduce her benefits.

I'm very sorry.

Can I clarify anything for you?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.



thanks for this. I am a bit confused as it seems that if you work 16+ hours/week, have Child Care cost and a mortgage you'll be entitles to quite a lot of benefits, with the the addition of Working TAX credits to what I have mentioned initially


what am I missing?


kindly advise further







Its under 16 hours but you still have to declare the sum of your earnings.

And if she is earning £700 then that is going to reduce a means tested benefit.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thanks Jo.


so, It looks like she is going to be better off on current benefits than earning a salary for the time being?



Well, it depends.

Arguably it makes no difference. Its not likely she would lose her benefits entirely. It would just reduce them.

People usually work out better slightly or unchanged financially by working but obviously there are other benefits.
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