Can anyone please help, its all giving me sleepless nights and worry.
I currently work full time in a very good secure job for the Local Education authority.I plan to leave at the end of July to work alone and for myself. I’m a single mum of 2 (17 and 12) My eldest will be off to uni in October. I want to be self employed so here my questions.
Can I still get tax credits if I work for myself but wont know yearly earning just yet ? or
Should I get a job that pays 16 hours to get the tax credits and set up my business alongside? Can I do both
Can I get a start up grant from anywhere as a single parent that will help me on my way ?
Ive been to my local tax office today with all my questions but I was told it shut down three years ago. Im confused and worried now.
thankyou, Im unable to stay at my job, its affecting my mental health and my family. I’m happy to get another part time alongside my business but I cant stay at my current job. Would I just give estimated hours and pay for tax credits?
Thankyou, I’m a Higher level teaching assistant on 15k take home a year. Im working 80% of my week teaching a whole class ,with no lesson plans, I cover a specialist unit teacher on 48k a year who’s been given a new position helping out my headteacher to sort out the rest of his school. I’ve been doing this for 2 years and I cant do it anymore. I cant speak to my headmaster because he’s happy with the arrangement. I can earn far more money self employed and I’m more than happy to loose the perks for now.
The job centre will advise you about a scheme called The new enterprise allowance. If your on UC you get a year where the UC payment is based on your earnings which need to be declared each month and after that it’s either based on your earnings or the Minimum Income Floor which is based on 25 hours at minimum wage if you have a child under 13, if your child is over 13 the MIF assumes you work 35 hours per week at minimum wage so your UC payment will be based either on the MIF or your earnings whichever is higher. You will be assigned a business advisor to help you set up the business and while doing so the job centre will not expect you to seek work but you’ll get the equivalent of job seekers allowance depending on if they accept your reasons for leaving your job, they may class you as voluntery unemployed which is a problem.
At Gingerbread we have a single person helpline. They are a really experienced team of advisers who have been trained in this area. They will be able to talk you through your options. You can contact them on 0808 802 0925 and they are open today between 10 – 4. They are busy so expect to wait a while before getting put through.