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Perhaps a Citizens Income would save a lot of hassle with benefits (and lose us our jobs)!
I assume Switzerland voted against it- haven’t checked the news today…
My client: - Lost job, claimed UC but answered a question incorrectly about expected income in the next month.
In gateway areas I think it goes like this: - claiming UC, JSA or ESA causes JSA(ib) and ESA(ir) to be abolished for the purpose of that claim, but leaves JSA and ESA as stand-alone “new style” contribution based benefits - if you started off by claiming JSA only (not UC) the award could only be new-style JSA(c).
If you needed to top that up with means-tested help you would have a choice: if you can make do with JSA and HB, you can claim HB (or remain on HB that you were already getting while in work). For many people it won’t make any difference but there are pros and cons - once you claim UC any existing HB award must end; and if you have a UC claim pending or a UC award in place you cannot make a new claim for HB alongside it (unless you live in “specified accommodation”, which you don’t if you have satisfied the gateway conditions) The Transitional Provisions Regs allow any legacy claim that was initiated prior to the UC claim to proceed to completion, but only in respect of the period up to the UC claim.
The problem is the online system won’t let them claim JSA so they claim UC and then no-one advises them that they should then put in a claim for cb JSA.
We have asked the DWP if work coaches could advise claimants to apply if they might have entitlement but they have said this isn’t possible - any new training for work coaches apparently has to go through layers of bureaucracy!!!
I thought that if they were refused UC they would stay in the legacy benefits system and be able to claim either type of JSA and HB?