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    Hi I am a hairdresser apprentice, and I am moving into a flat with a friend, I was just wondering can if I claim housing benefits if so can we both or not. Just struggling with wages since I am on £100 a week and she's on just a little more. Thanks for the help.
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    If you are on an apprenticeship which you hold a contract of employment, as opposed to a reimbursement of expenses (with the amount you're getting it looks more likely the latter) you can claim Working Tax Credits in theory.

    As for low income support, you may be eligible for housing benefit support. However, there are very strict stipulations on that. If you live within a commutable distance of your parents, you will be declined immediately, especially if you are under 25. If as part of your apprenticeship you attend a college for 12 or more hours of education a week, you are considered to be in full time education, and thus are not eligible for it at all. If you do manage to pass those requirements, under 35's are restricted to a weekly benefit allowance of <£60.
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    I would advise you to take a quick trip to the citizen's advice bureau if you get the chance. Working tax credits needs a minimum of 30 hours so I hope you're entitled to that.
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    (Original post by novastrike)
    I would advise you to take a quick trip to the citizen's advice bureau if you get the chance. Working tax credits needs a minimum of 30 hours so I hope you're entitled to that.
    I agree.Citizens advice know what they are talking about.
    Why are you moving out anyway?
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    (Original post by novastrike)
    I would advise you to take a quick trip to the citizen's advice bureau if you get the chance. Working tax credits needs a minimum of 30 hours so I hope you're entitled to that.
    You have to be at least 25 for working tax credits, unless you're disabled or have a child.
 
 
 
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