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01 Oct 13 #409055 by penguin43
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Hi, wise wikis. If someone was working from home occasionally and earning less than £4 k what benefits would they be entitled to, and would they be eligible for help with the costs of school trips etc ie big trip to France costing £300 ish? Thanks

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01 Oct 13 #409056 by jslgb
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As far as I am aware there isnt any type of benefit that helps pay towards school trips. You could perhaps speak to the school itself and see if they have any measures in place to help if you are struggling. I know secondary schools local to me have held fundraising events to help raise funds for trips etc, maybe something to consider?

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01 Oct 13 #409058 by penguin43
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Sorry, I know that the receipt of some benefits mean that parents are eligible for school trips being paid for by the County council (at least here!)I just wondered if anyone knew what benefits would be received by someone in that financial position. I have the checklist of what benefits count, but just wanted to know whether they would be in receipt of them, given the circumstances

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01 Oct 13 #409059 by Gillian48
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As jslgb says speak to the school and ask them they do have grants to help towards costs for families on a low income or who are struggling. Well our local schools do anyway - but that only applies to compulsory trips for coursework etc.. not for optional trips which are classed as holidays. My children missed out on all the school trips/holidays etc.. because of our divorce and their father wouldn''t help towards the cost either. I presume you mean £4k a year. Do you not get CTC/CB/CM?

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01 Oct 13 #409060 by strongerthanithought
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If a trip is part of the curriculum the school can''t actually legally exclude children from going if their parents can''t afford the full price. They CAN ask for a contribution which should be an amount to cover expenses of transport, entry fees etc to a museum for example.

As far as I know no benefit entitles students to free trips (in the same way that HB can instigate free school meals). Ask the teacher, see if there is any way that you can make a contribution to the cost rather than pay the full price.

If the trip is not part of the curriculum eg skiing, the school is not expected to make any contribution.

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01 Oct 13 #409077 by u6c00
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The benefits that a person would probably be entitled to:

Child Benefit
Housing Benefit if the property is rented
Council Tax Benefit
Child Tax Credit
child maintenance (though technically not a benefit!)

The benefits that a person MAY be entitled to:

Support for Mortgage Interest if the property is owned AND some other criteria are met.
Job Seekers Allowance if working less than 16 hours per week. If working some hours, this would be Income Based JSA.
Working Tax Credit if working more than 16 hours per week.
Employment & Support Allowance if working limited hours for medical reasons

Normally these kinds of things (like free school meals) are paid for when someone is on a "passported benefit" The following are passported benefits:
ESA - Income Related
JSA - Income Based
Guaranteed Pension Credit
Income Support
Working Tax Credit BUT NOT ALSO RECEIVING Child Tax Credit

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03 Oct 13 #409273 by penguin43
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Thank you all

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