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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 10:48 pm    Post subject: Working mums? Reply with quote

Why is it that a working mum will work for 16hrs a week but only ends up with a few pennies extra this is not fair and I believe it stops women from returning to work.

Once you start your job you fill in all your details and send them back to the Tax office ect they take your earnings away from your benefits so you simply are not better off at all.

I realise that some people may think that single parents are a drain on society but this is poor judgement alot of us are simply put in this position because of a relationship breakdown.

While people are out there who have never worked and drain the tax payers everyweek you'd think they'd give more encouragement to the ones who wish to work..

Does anyone agree? Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 11:13 pm    Post subject: Ha ha! Reply with quote

Yeh laughing Laughing they asked me how many hours I worked a week ummmm! let me guess... do I say oh... about 100 Embarassed ok say i did Shocked how much would they take from me then even though my wages weren't hourly.

Don't think anyone starting a business can only put 16 hrs in a week they'd go bust Sprint
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 11:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Working mums? Reply with quote

warmhearts wrote:
...but only ends up with a few pennies extra...


You mean a few pennies extra than you would get if you were claiming the dole?

Being a single Mum and working must be very hard indeed and I would sooner see them have more support if they are trying to get back on their feet than someone that perpetually claims dole and makes little effort to seek work. Personally, I think the dole should be absolute breadline - so much so, that people make sure they find work because they have to, or it's another week of beans on toast for them, and no ciggies. The dole should not be able to afford anyone any luxuries IMO.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 11:31 pm    Post subject: I know! Reply with quote

Yep it's really annoying because my son is two I send him to nursery which costs 50.00 a week then the council tax they've added on 15.00 a week then my top up rent 37.00 a week I'm in fact worse off some weeks when I don't get any members and the monies not coming in.

I'm a limited company and I'm supposed to pay myself each week a wage but end up putting most of it back into the company at the moment.

My ex partner earns nearly 1000 a week he hasn't seen his son for a year and only pays 28.00 a month maintanance. It's really baffled me how he's got away with it and me and my son are struggling all the time.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 11:44 pm    Post subject: Chess! Reply with quote

Yep a game of chess would be cool right now. Usually put the world to rights during a game of chess ha ha.

It doesn't really matter what the general public think about all the hardships ect ect the people that pull the strings don't have any idea about living on the breadline... Surprised
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you been to your Citizens Advice Bureau? The state usually takes Mum's side of things in this kind of scenario and I'm sure you should be able to get a greater allowance from your ex. That's why "Fathers for Justice" has had such a following of late... because Dad's have been having a hard time of things (not to mention scaling Buckingham Palace in a Batman costume) such as the allowances they have to pay, their visiting rights, etc.

Some sites that might help you:

http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/
http://www.gingerbread.org.uk/
http://www.ncopf.org.uk/
http://www.oneparentfamilies.org.uk/
http://www.maternityalliance.org.uk/
http://www.singleparents.org.uk/
http://www.babycentre.co.uk/refcap/562850.html
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1632548_1,00.html

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 11:56 pm    Post subject: haven't Reply with quote

Thanks will check them out but because he is self employed and his family protect him he claims he only earns 120.00 a week as a fisherman.

I think his father pays his mortgage ect. I can't even get a mortgage again while my sons so small and I can only work part-time.

Anyway I'm not worried about the maintanance don't think I can get around that one but I wish the council ect would just help alittle more instead of taking I paid my taxes for 16 years.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If your husband is self-employed, but has a Ltd. company, he can legitimately just claim a modest wage from his company and leave most of the money within the company and, I suspect, there's possibly little you can do about it. Depending on how well you get on with your ex, you could try to be rational with him and explain that the welfare of his son/daughter could be greatly improved with, say, an extra 10 a week but in most cases I imagine that kind of plea is a no-go from the off.

Have a word with some of those organisations above. I'm sure one or two will be able to give you the help you need.

Good luck!

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 12:16 am    Post subject: Don't! Reply with quote

I don't have a husband and haven't seen ex for 1 year either. He ran away from the responsability of his son and doesn't want to know.

I started Warmhearts and it's a limited company I pay myself minimum wage to help the business lift off I couldn't even get a business loan or anything because I was a single mum and now have to live in rented accomodation.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, I meant "If your ex-husband is self-employed, but has a Ltd. company..."

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 9:50 am    Post subject: Not sure!! Reply with quote

He has a business name through bank accounts but I'm sure it's not registered as a company ltd.

Still what comes around goes around I wish him misery ha ha!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If that's the case, then any profits from the company will be his earnings. If this amounts to 1000 a week, then I'm sure you must be entitled to more than 28 a month from him in maintenance.

From http://money.guardian.co.uk/divorce/story/0,13315,954506,00.html

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The amount of maintenance payable used to be calculated according to the 'one third' rule, whereby both partners' incomes were added together, divided by three, and the wife would get that third minus her own income. So if the husband earned 50,000 and the wife earned 10,000, she would be entitled to 20,000 maintenance.


I really suggest you get some advice on this...

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 10:01 am    Post subject: Umm! Reply with quote

Yes it looks like I should doesn't it. The only thing is I know what his tempers like and I might end up with abit of wiplash.

Still I think your right and I will get some more advice.

Thanks hun!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 10:11 am    Post subject: Pint! Reply with quote

I'll by you a pint! just having look through that site..

Alot of the info is related to the time it happens I gave alot up for an easy way out and can't go back now..

I just need to find help with the payments he makes and maybe find someone who can check his real earnings ect.

Inland Revenue don't really help with that side of it and the CSA only collect what he says he can afford.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, I accidentally didn't include this last sentence in the above quote:

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These days the calculation is more likely to account for half the husband's income.


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