Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Romanian Big Issue seller given legal right to claim housing benefit (on top of the Â£25,000 she already claims)
A Romanian immigrant who sells the Big Issue has won a landmark case that will allow her to claim housing benefit that could total Â£20,800 a year. She is currently paid Â£326 each week in tax credits, Â£60.50 in child benefits, Â£49.30 in disability living allowance and Â£55.50 a week in carers allowance. Speaking through an interpreter, Ms Vasile said she came to the UK in 2007 to look for work, but could only find a post at the Big Issue. The single mother of four - with one child disabled - works between 16 and 24 hours each week, spread over up to five days. She argued that the benefits will allow her to continue paying rent on her 3-bedroom house.