Sorry to ask such a dumb question... but I'm a bit confused... I've been fucked around so much by the Job Centre it's unreal. I've been looking for work for ages, to no avail, but eventually, a week ago, managed to land a job, working in a local bar. They had a notice in their window for full-time/part-time staff, and when I asked how many hours I'd be working, because it's a rota that changes, I was told about 20 hours a week. I thought, that would be okay, because even at minimum wage that's about 110 quid a week, which is better than JSA, and I don't have any rent or mortgage to pay, just a fucking horrendous council tax bill to sort out. But I only worked about 10 hours last week, and got paid about 55 quid. And this week, I should have worked three shifts, one at the usual bar, and two shifts at a sister bar. But it turns out there was a mix up and the other bar covered the shifts with a new starter, so I only worked one shift, a few hours at lunchtime. So I've only worked three hours this week, for which I can expect to be paid a grand total of 17.40. I had a look at Working Tax Credits, but the website says that you have to work at least 16 hours to be eligible. How come you can't get Working Tax Credits if you're working less than 16 hours a week? Surely I should be eligible for it, if I'm working and on a really low wage? What can I do? I can't live on 55 quid or 17 quid a week. Well, I might be able to eat, just about, but as for paying bills and paying off that council tax bill... no chance.