Getting into work

If you are entitled to claim working tax credit you will avoid the overall benefit cap limit.

If you're not responsible for children, you need to work the following hours to be eligible for working tax credit:

  • if you are aged 25 or over, you need to do paid work of at least 30 hours a week
  • if you have a disability and are 16 or over, you need to do paid work of at least 16 hours a week
  • if you are aged 60 or over, you need to do paid work of at least 16 hours a week

If you are responsible for children you need to be aged at least 16, and work the following hours to get working tax credit:

  • if you're single, you need to do paid work of at least 16 hours a week
  • if you're in a couple, your joint paid working hours need to be at least 24 a week, with one of you working at least 16 hours a week

So if you're in a couple and only one of you is working, that person will need to work at least 24 hours a week.
If your joint working hours are less than 24 a week, you can still get working tax credit if one of the following applies:

  • one of you is aged 60 or over and working at least 16 hours a week
  • one of you is disabled and working at least 16 hours a week
  • one of you works at least 16 hours a week and the other person is entitled to carer's allowance - even if they don't get any payments because they receive other benefits instead
  • one of you works at least 16 hours a week, and the other person is 'incapacitated', an in-patient in hospital, or in prison (serving a custodial sentence, or remanded in custody awaiting trial or sentence)

Work clubs

Ealing’s unemployed residents can find help getting back into work at work clubs in Acton, Ealing, Hanwell and Northolt. The clubs offer access to the all-important knowledge of the job market in addition to free training and practical support to help people in their return to work.

Anyone living in Ealing is welcome to drop in to either club and no appointment is necessary.

For more information go to the work clubs page.