Hopefully someone will know a bit more than I do about returning to work.
Basically a friend of mine would like to return to work. She is a single mother aged about 40 with a 12 year old child. She received full council tax benefit (i.e. she doesnt pay anything) and housing benefit of £775 for a one bedroomed flat. She also received roughly around £150 per week in income support and child benefit.
She has been offered bar work with hours to suit but she has been informed by the benefits office that ALL wages earnt will be deducted from the income she currently receives.
So, basically she would be working for nothing. Surely this cannot be right as otherwise she would need to get a job paying around £30,000 a year before she would be better off than she is now. I reckon the benefit agencies are wrong.
Any help appreciated be it first hand experiences or online calculators, advice etc.