A single person is allowed around £170 per month (guideline) - £225 (maximum) and a couple £287 (guideline) - £354 (max).
I used to ( and still do) bulk cook with mince -- padded out with mushrooms. You can use some with mash to make cottage pies, some with tomato puree to make a spag. bol.. Throw in some chilli powder and peppers and have with rice.
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Foggy wrote:By the way -- allowances for a couple and child would be around £360 (guideline) and £440 (max). The dog should be allowed £25 - £35 a month on top for food and insurance.
Interesting, Payplan told the most i could claim for 2 adults and 2 kids is approx 450. I felt this was a bit tight for us, my kids eat a lot but im sure not out of the ordinary.
Guideline figures for 2 adults and two children would be i.r.o £525 max for the household shop. School lunches etc can be added on top of this ... but, as has been said, Payplan do things their own way!