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Hypothetical question re. benefits

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30 May 12 #333976 by lunar jim
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Hi, currently going through a divorce and have a question about benefits. I''m currently making payments to my wife leaving me with about 900 a month after tax.

Here is the hypothetical bit: my new girlfriend and I want to move in together. She is currently on job seekers and is looking for work. As you can guess, money is tight for us both, she has children of her own. The question is this, if we moved in together would her/our benefit claim be based on my net wage, or my wage after the payments to my wife have been taken? We''re just trying to work out whether we should move in together now, or after my girlfriend has found a job.

Is there a resource we could use to figure out what, if anything, we would be entitled to if we did move in together now?

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30 May 12 #333981 by dukey
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Honestly i don`t have a clue about benefits, the people that do would be the CAB and DWP, this is a link for the DWP and they have an online question and answer service, or you can call them on the phone.

www.dwp.gov.uk/

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31 May 12 #334301 by Rumplestiltsk1n
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you could try a site called Turn2us? they have a benefit calculator on there which is very accurate. enter all of yours and hers info on there to get the calculated some at the end. its only an estimate but very accurate

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31 May 12 #334302 by jslgb
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I would guess it would be on your net wage. Same way CSA do it, they dont take into account your financial obligations. Thats like saying can i apply for benefits based on my income after i pay my rent etc.

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