Can I claim any benefits?


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Al 1953

Hi,

I have living off my own capital for three years. Then last week, I bought
a house to live in. Now I am broke. In fact I owe the bank £3000, as the
cost of moving in was higher than expected.

I have just been offered a job working at weekends (16 hours, I guess) for
£6 an hour. This will hardly be enough to live on, as I need transport as
my house is a little remote, and there are household bills and council tax
to pay.

Will the job disqualify me from claiming Jobseekers allowance? Are ether
any other benefits I can claim?

Would I be better off turning down the job and claiming jobseekers
allowance?

Many thanks

Al
 
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Theo's Trio

Hi,

I have living off my own capital for three years. Then last week, I bought
a house to live in. Now I am broke. In fact I owe the bank £3000, as the
cost of moving in was higher than expected.

I have just been offered a job working at weekends (16 hours, I guess) for
£6 an hour. This will hardly be enough to live on, as I need transport as
my house is a little remote, and there are household bills and council tax
to pay.

Will the job disqualify me from claiming Jobseekers allowance? Are ether
any other benefits I can claim?

Would I be better off turning down the job and claiming jobseekers
allowance?

Many thanks

Al
I don't know what your circumstances are or how many people live with
you. You should make an appointment at the Citizens Advice (CAB)
www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ and contact the department of working
pensions www.dwp.gov.uk/directgov.shtml they are the agencies who can
advise you properly.

Regards

TT
 
J

Jonathan Bryce

Al said:
Hi,

I have living off my own capital for three years. Then last week, I bought
a house to live in. Now I am broke. In fact I owe the bank £3000, as the
cost of moving in was higher than expected.

I have just been offered a job working at weekends (16 hours, I guess) for
£6 an hour. This will hardly be enough to live on, as I need transport as
my house is a little remote, and there are household bills and council tax
to pay.

Will the job disqualify me from claiming Jobseekers allowance? Are ether
any other benefits I can claim?

Would I be better off turning down the job and claiming jobseekers
allowance?
Yes it will disqualify you from claiming Jobseeker's allowance. You might
be able to claim Working Tax Credit, but from the limited information you
gave, probably not. You should be able to get Council Tax Benefit.
 
D

David Woolley

Jonathan said:
Yes it will disqualify you from claiming Jobseeker's allowance. You might
be able to claim Working Tax Credit, but from the limited information you
gave, probably not. You should be able to get Council Tax Benefit.
I would have thought turning down the job would also disqualify him.

The big problem I see here is convincing the powers that be that he
didn't deliberately put himself in a position that needed recourse to
public funds, or at least that he has acted so as to minimise the amount
of public funds required.

I've heard of other people, in such situations, renting out the house
and living in a bedsit.
 
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Daytona

Hi,

I have living off my own capital for three years. Then last week, I bought
a house to live in. Now I am broke. In fact I owe the bank £3000, as the
cost of moving in was higher than expected.

I have just been offered a job working at weekends (16 hours, I guess) for
£6 an hour. This will hardly be enough to live on, as I need transport as
my house is a little remote, and there are household bills and council tax
to pay.

Will the job disqualify me from claiming Jobseekers allowance? Are ether
any other benefits I can claim?

Would I be better off turning down the job and claiming jobseekers
allowance?

Many thanks

Al
Crossposted to uk.gov.social-security
 
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Peter Saxton

Hi,

I have living off my own capital for three years. Then last week, I bought
a house to live in. Now I am broke. In fact I owe the bank £3000, as the
cost of moving in was higher than expected.

I have just been offered a job working at weekends (16 hours, I guess) for
£6 an hour. This will hardly be enough to live on, as I need transport as
my house is a little remote, and there are household bills and council tax
to pay.

Will the job disqualify me from claiming Jobseekers allowance? Are ether
any other benefits I can claim?

Would I be better off turning down the job and claiming jobseekers
allowance?

Many thanks

Al
I thought you could work 16 hours and still get some benefits?
 

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