Benefits......what am I to claim

Hi all, can anyone shed some light on what I am able to claim as getting quite confused with the benefits office, my husband is on ESA and I an at the minimum rate, have been told that would be better off my husband claiming for the both of us? We also claim for housing and council tax. Have lost tax credits as son now flown the nest so we are £300 a month down, am panicking as no one seems to be able to tell us what we are to claim for and how much! This is the first time either of us have been out of work and hate the fact we have been drawn to claiming but through fibro and other health issues we are unable to work, great my body doesn't work and poor hubby his head won't work so make a good pair don't we? So I no some of you have loads of knowledge on my predicament so please shout me the answers : ) thank you xxxxxxxxxxx vikki

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  • Hi Vikki,

    All I can advise is that you get in touch with your local CAB and explain your issue with them. They are very clued up on everything like this and have to hand all the forms you will need, they will even help you fill them in.

    I agree, I would be in the same muddle you are given what you've said.

    I hope this may be of some assistance to you.

    Foggy x

  • Hi foggy,

    Good idea,CAB never thought of them, will give them a ring in the morning, just getting stressed we are not going to manage as have lost my child tax credits now.

    Thank you

    Vikki x

  • I feel your fear Vikki. I'm terrified of what will happen when my son leaves college in a few years. We'll lose the credits because of his age, despite his special needs and DLA status. I don't claim for myself as I am his full time carer but it stresses me out not knowing how this will end up financially. :( CAB are usually very knowledgable about these things so defo speak to them. I would love to know how you get on. :)


  • Hi it's a horrid feeling I no.. Will let you know what they say. It doesn't help matters as am waiting to hear off atos for one of there fantastic medicals to decide if I am able to work, they make my blood boil, no doubt I will have to go through the whole process again. They could see how I was when I had to go to tribunal even the judge said if it was left to him I would of one my case... Hey ho then they wander why we stress so much and flipping hurt like hell.

    Keep smiling xxxx

  • I am able to advise you what will happen when your son leaves college, if you wish to PM me?


  • I just really hope n think they will be able to help you through this very sticky time....l.llet us know how you get on :-)

    Best wishes

    Foggy x

  • Will do, thanks again


  • Please get in touch with CAB they do have a great deal of knowledge and point you in the right direction. Get as much info on your health from doctors, consultants as you can as this will help you get there quicker.

  • Well been in touch with cab just waiting for the to get back in touch. I have sent in loads of info regarding my health that was back in may! Still waiting for them to get in touch re another assessment at five ways in birmingham lovely place ....NOT. If they didn't do everything arse about face I would of been sorted hey ho. X

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