Working Tax Credit (Leaflet 334)

You don’t need to have children to claim Working Tax Credit.

Download: Working Tax Credit (Leaflet 334)

Date Posted: 21 June 2011




What is Working Tax Credit?

Working Tax Credit is help from the Government to ‘top up’ the wages of people on low incomes who work full-time.

Working Tax Credit helps people who:

  • Are over 25 years old.
  • Work more than 30 hours a week (or 16 hours a week if you are over 60).
  • Have a low income of less than £240 a week if you are single or £335 a week (joint income) if you are in a couple.

Changes due from 2012:

Thousands of Usdaw members claim Working Tax Credit. If you are one of them, or if members in your workplace claim Working Tax Credit, you need to read on.

From April next year the number of hours that members have to work to be able to claim Working Tax Credit is going up. At the moment members have to work at least 16 hours a week to qualify for Working Tax Credit. From April 2012 couples with children will need to work a total of 24 hours a week to qualify. One member of the couple must work at least 16 hours a week.

This means for example that a family will no longer qualify for Working Tax Credit where one parent works 22 hours a week but their partner does not work. This change will apply even where one member of the couple can't work because they are disabled or a carer.

This change will NOT affect lone parents who will still be able to get Working Tax Credit so long as they work at least 16 hours a week.

Usdaw is concerned that this change will mean that some of our members will find it harder to qualify for Working Tax Credit. We want to hear about the problems this change will cause so that we can try and persuade government they have got it wrong.

Working Tax Credits (Leaflet 384) was correct at date of publication June 2011.