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Jobseekers Allowance Queries

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CheshireDing Fri 08-Feb-13 07:06:34

Thank you everyone, your help was appreciated smile

mirry2 Thu 07-Feb-13 19:54:03

Can you get JSA for more than a year? I thought it only ran for 6months?

KellyMarieTunstall Thu 07-Feb-13 19:40:49

It is very rare to have jsa claim backdated simply because it is so easy to make a claim now (phone,online). Not doing so because you thought you would get a job quickly is not regarded as a reason to backdate a claim. You can of course appeal against this decision as you can the majority of DWP decisions if you think you hve a good enough case for reconsideration.

You will need to make an income based claim at the end of your present claim. Bear in mind that income from a partners wages etc will be taken into account though .

And yes the letters are dire but apparently cannot be rewritten as this would apparently cost £millions -and no Im not joking.

meditrina Thu 07-Feb-13 19:30:00

They're saying the entitlement runs out (ie after the normal 6 months), not that your contibutions are inadequate (for it would not be paid at all if they thought that).

CheshireDing Thu 07-Feb-13 19:28:02

Ah yes sort Med crossed posts, this is what I was hoping.

I don't think I am stupid but yes I did not think it was a very clearly written letter.

CheshireDing Thu 07-Feb-13 19:26:50

Okay thanks Lizs so is it potentially a bit of a red herring the "your NI contributions have ran out" (they are not actually saying I haven't paid enough)? So are you said I then need to re-claim at the end of July - although hopefully will have a job by then!

Do you have any thoughts on my point 1 as to whether I can query the backdated days?

Thank you

meditrina Thu 07-Feb-13 19:24:03

It's dreadfully badly worded: it means "you have paid enough NI to qualify for contributions based JSA. This entitlement runs until 28 July"

LIZS Thu 07-Feb-13 19:19:29

No iirc you can only claim up to 6 months' worth initially regardless

CheshireDing Thu 07-Feb-13 19:18:44

Sorry just to clarify the year abroad and the ML were not consecutive, the year abroad was YEARS ago smile

CheshireDing Thu 07-Feb-13 19:18:01

So is it because I was on ML? (although I thought the NI got paid for you while you were on ML?)

mirry2 Thu 07-Feb-13 19:14:10

Doesn't entitlement to jobseekers allowance depend on NI insurance contributions for the prevous year? I might be wrong.

LIZS Thu 07-Feb-13 19:13:58

You can only claim 6 months of JSA based on Contributions and those need to have been made in last 2 years iirc . So after July you'd need to reclaim based on income.

CheshireDing Thu 07-Feb-13 19:11:27

I (and others) were made redundant mid January without warning. As I was still on 6 months probation all I was entitled to was payment up to the date of redundancy and roughly a weeks unused holidays.

I left it a few days because I was obviously hoping to get a replacement job but so far that has not happened as I do not really work in the best industry to be in in a recession (property law).

I filled in the paperwork for the Job Centre and asked for the claim to be backdated to the day after I was made redundant.

I have received a letter today which states:-

1. "We have decided that you have not shown good cause for the delay in making your claim" - so it will not be backdated.

2. We cannot pay you Jobseekers Allowance after 28th July "because your entitlement based on Class 1 National Insurance Contributions has run out"

3. We will pay you Jobseekers Allowance of £71 per week from 24th Jan (however the next pay says Contribution-based Jobseekers Allowance of £71 living expenses from 30th Jan-9th April) - Are these 2 separate amounts then?

I have checked what Class 1 means and I do not seem to be in that criteria. I have worked full time since I was 16 (am now 36) excluding a year abroad and a year of ML (2011/2012). Surely I have paid enough NI?

Any thoughts would be appreciated regarding any of my points and whether I can also ask them to re-look at why I delayed claiming (I thought I was being a good citizen holding off claiming!) sad

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