I am in my 3rd year of my teaching degree, and have 5 school aged children (single parent). My local council have stopped my housing benefit due to my student loan. I’ve no idea why as all my paperwork was sent off and as far as I knew lone parents at uni could still get help with their rent. It even states that on benefit websites. Has anyone else been in the same boat? I do work but no way can I cover bills, rent and all the other daily living costs while studying. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much
From what I understand of it. Your student loans and grants are taken into account as income. So the loans and grants you receive will be added to your wages and that will be your total wage, so your benefits will reduced
Thank you, it has been completely stopped. My student money and my wages are around 17,000 a year. I’m just so confused as to why the whole lot has been stopped. I’ve just had another look on the citizens advice website and even on there it’s showing as lone parents are still entitled to help with rent. Ohhh man I’ve had so much trouble with my local council since ive been studying. They sent me a court summons over council tax payment, even though all the paperwork had been submitted. When it all worked out they admitted my emails with all the paperwork attached had not been actioned. Thanks for your help x
I’m Michelle one of the moderators here in the forum. There are some info pages here in the Gingerbread site that may be helpful. I’ve added a link here and also a link to our information on studying and benefits:
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