wompingwillow said:Do you also receive housing benefit and do you pay council tax? Please add up the value of all your benefits not just quote one of them
The benefits I quoted are the benefits that I see, e.g the money I get in my pocket each week, as in a wage, just like someone would quote the figure they see after tax, NI and students loans have gone out.
I actually get about Â£120 a week income support, however before the money is paid to me, my water rates, furniture grant and NI ( voluntary contributions) come out. My HB and CTB never pass through my hands so therefore even if I wanted to I don't get to spend them.
Housing benefit and council tax benefit are each worth a certain amount of money even if you never see them. As for furniture grant coming out and NI contributions the furniture grant was a loan which you are in the process of repaying while NI contributions are made for all claiments (my NI contributions will be made for me until I reach 65 this is the only benefit that I am entitled to though I have paid into the system for over 45 years). to get a true figure of what your total benefits amount to you must add to the Â£120 the rent which would normally be paid by a wage earner living in a similar property and the council tax that would be paid by a wage earner. Benefits are not purely what you get in your hand