MSCTG Welfare Benefit Surgerys
Since May 2004 Merton Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia Group have been working in partnership with Disability Alliance Merton (DAM) to provide you with a Welfare Benefits Surgery. Over the last 14 months we have enabled many of our members to benefit from the expertise of Mr Atu Suronku-Lindsay. He has provided many hours of Welfare benefit advice to the Group resulting in our members claiming thousands of pounds of Disability Living Allowance, Incapacity benefits and Community care and Social fund grants just to mention a few. MSCTG Thanks Atu and DAM!
We regretfully inform you that Disability Alliance Merton Welfare Benefits Surgery project may now come to an end, unfortunately due to a lack of funding. Therefore as of August 31st 2005 you may not be able to attend Welfare Benefit Surgery sessions on a Thursday evening.
However, MSCTG would like to independently continue the service on a much smaller scale as of the beginning of September 2005. We hope to continue the service by referring some of the member's urgent and technical needs to Pat Ndudi one of our Management Committee members who is an Advisor and has a good understanding of both Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia.
We will inform you in due course of any significant changes to this proposal. If you need any advice from the beginning of September 2005 please ring the office to arrange an appointment. We will need plenty of time to make the necessary arrangements.
Tax Credits Help Line: 0845 300 3900
Help Line is open from 8am to 8pm every day except National Holidays.
Registering for Tax Credit Online: www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk/taxcredits
Child tax credit and working tax credit
You can apply for two tax credits, Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit - payable from April 2003. The general rule is that to qualify for tax credits you must be aged 16 or over and usually live in the United Kingdom . You may also qualify if you do not live in the UK but you are, A citizen of another country in the European Economic Area (EEA) and you work in the United Kingdom, or A Crown Servant posted overseas, or A citizen of a country in the European Economic Area (including the UK) living abroad and you receive a UK state pension or contributions-based Jobseeker's Allowance.
Couples must make a joint tax credits application. If you are part of a couple, you cannot decide to apply as a single person.
Child Tax Credit
Child Tax Credit is for people who are responsible for at least one child or qualifying young person . Child Tax Credit is paid direct to the person who is mainly responsible for caring for the child or children. If you are a lone parent you will receive the payment. Child Tax Credit can be paid to workers who continue to pay UK National Insurance Contributions when posted from the UK to work in another country in the European Economic Area.
Working Tax Credit
Working Tax Credit is for people who are employed or self-employed (either on their own or in a partnership), who usually work 16 hours or more a week are paid for that work, and expect to work for at least 4 weeks and who are aged 16 or over and responsible for at least one child, or aged 16 or over and disabled , or aged 25 or over and usually work at least 30 hours a week.
Working Tax Credit is paid to the person who is working 16 hours or more a week. Couples, if both of you are working 16 hours or more a week, must choose which one of you will receive it. You cannot receive Working Tax Credit if you are not working.
As part of Working Tax Credit you may qualify for help towards the costs of childcare. If you receive the childcare element of Working Tax Credit, this will always be paid direct to the person who is mainly responsible for caring for the child or children, alongside payments of Child Tax Credit.
The amount of tax credits you receive will depend on your annual income.
For more information please call us to make an appointment with our Welfare Benefits Advisor at our Surgery which runs every Thursday evening at The Vestry Hall.