Hi. My husband and I have separated so I can no longer claim couples child tax credits. I’m a bit worried about what to do. Do I tell the child tax credit people my change in circumstances then apply for universal credit or just apply for universal credit?
As far as I am aware if you just need the tax credits you let them know the change in circumstance, ie, relationship breakdown and your time bound to let them know and have to let them know within a month.
If you need to apply for universal credit as a seperate entity tax credits becomes null and void so you will no longer be eligible for it if you are eligible for universal credits as either a whole income or supplementary income to working. As you can’t claim tax credits and universal credits at same time.
Turn 2 is have a good benefits calculator https://benefits-calculator-2.turn2us.org.uk/ it helped me when ex hubby left as I’d never claimed figuring out exactly what to work on a single low income with a little one to raise on my own and may give you an idea of what option will make you better off in the long run.
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