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Topic - Claiming housing benefit/working tax credit

Kemics - on 02 May 2013
I'm looking a quitting my job (and salary!) for partime work (change of career) and part time is the best gig I can find. It will allow me to finally get some experience in a new field. But im going to be taking a massive pay cut (approx 10k over the year..)

I'll earn before tax 850 a month. I dont think ill be able to survive on this. However, I was wondering about working tax credits/housing benefit. According to the Gov benefit calculator, I can claim about 250 a month. Which would make a massive difference.

My question is - how quickly can you get set up with this? Do I have to have a history of working at my new rate or are they going to look at what ive been earning previously, or just on my new wage? Im really nervous about accepting the job and just ruining myself financially...

would appreciate some advice
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