Awan-Legal : Hi
Awan-Legal : Sorry to hear about their troubles.
Awan-Legal : They are entitled to council tax benefit if their income is low and their expenses are higher.
Awan-Legal : They would also be entitled to child tax credit and child benefit.
Awan-Legal : It is likely that they will also be eligible for housing benefits.
Awan-Legal : More information can be found here:
Awan-Legal : http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/moneytaxandbenefits/benefitstaxcreditsandothersupport/on_a_low_income/dg_10018926
Awan-Legal : Here is a link to calculate their entitlement to child tax credit:
Awan-Legal : http://taxcredits.hmrc.gov.uk/Qualify/DIQHousehold.aspx
Awan-Legal : They can apply for jobseekers allowance whilst they are looking for work and will be required to sign on at the local job centre regularly (mainly fortnightly):
Awan-Legal : http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/moneytaxandbenefits/benefitstaxcreditsandothersupport/employedorlookingforwork/dg_10014402
Awan-Legal : They should approach the local council to claim council tax benefit and housing benefit.
Awan-Legal : The tax credits helpline number is XXXXX(NNN) NNN-NNNNwho will assess you over the phone and send out an application form for child tax credit.
Awan-Legal : The child benefit helpline number is XXXXX(NNN) NNN-NNNN
Awan-Legal : They would need to register as self employed with the hmrc and pay tax if their income is over a certain threshold and would need to consult an accountant to assist with this.
Awan-Legal : They are still eligible to apply for the above benefits if they are self employed and earning a low income. They may also be eligible for working tax credit if they are in self employment and should claim at the same time as child tax credit.
Awan-Legal : If self employed they cannot apply for job seekers allowance though as this is for those actively looking for work but they can instead apply for working tax credits as above.
Awan-Legal : I hope this has been helpful. If so, kindly leave positive feedback.
Awan-Legal : Ps they should claim as it will help them get back on their feet. If they are able to secure full time teaching jobs or do well on the business, then they can stop claiming.
Awan-Legal : I hope that has been helpful, thanks.