Help with childcare costs (help please)

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    I work part time 16 hours, I was struggling to pay childcare costs until my manager said I could be entitled to help with these costs, so I called and applied and they granted me extra working tax credits to help with part of my childcare costs.

    However I then received a letter saying my council tax payments were going up and my housing benefit had gone down. Basically leaving me worse off than when I started.

    Is this right? I have around £50 a month left over now and that’s to cover food, petrol and other ‘non bill/utility costs’. It just seems absolutely pointless working, if I carry on I will be drowning in debt before the year is up!. I wouldn’t of applied for the childcare costs help if I didn’t absolutely need it, yet the government then find other ways to take it from you. 😓

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    Hi Chowebella

    Thanks for posting on the forum. For advice about your benefits and how childcare costs affect them, call our specialist single parent helpline on 0808 802 0925. Lines are open today from 10am-4pm. It can be busy and you may have to wait to get through, but calls are free.

    Hope you hear from others on the forum who can share their experience.

    Take care



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    Hi thanks for your reply. No I was already down as working and I was paying council just not a huge amount, they have only increased it because I applied for the extra help with childcare costs. My child is 5.


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    Unfortunately tax credits wont tell you if you would be better off if your circumstances change ie more working hours, childcare etc but had to make that leap from SAHM to working part time. It does take a few months to get ised to it

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