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How much can a pensioner earn?
My aunt, aged 62 has been offered a job by a local reputable firm as a part time tour guide. Her only income is the state pension and she qualifies for Pension Credit, a local authority rent rebate and also council tax rebate.
She approached the local benefits agency to enquire how much she's allowed to earn before she no longer qualifies for the benefits but was only advised to make a claim once she takes the job.
As she doesn't want to risk losing the benefits and having to pay out in excess of �60pw rent (not including council tax) she's in a dilemma. She's got a couple of weeks to decide whether or not to take the job so can anyone help and advise how much she's allowed to earn and still qualify for pension credit, rent & council tax rebate.
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There's a Pension Credit Calulator here. Yir mum should ring her local coucil about the Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. Many Councils can do a "Better Off Calculation" where they can feed in the details and work out if you'll be (you've guessed it) "better off"