I am being made redundant (after having worked without gap for 10 years). If I want to claim Jsa, do I have to claim straight away or can I start claiming 2 months after redundancy. I have a severely disabled child and don't have access to childcare during the summer and intend to sign on after the school hols (if I haven't found a new job). Will lose my job end of June/beginning of July.
If I were you I would sign on ASAP regardless of school holidays, you will have to make yourself available for work and tell them you will put him in childcare if you get a job. By the time you find something suitable he will be back school I expect.
I have a DP and won't get income support. JSA is more than carer's and I do want to get back into work in Sept. I just don't think there is a point trying to find a job permanen job to start in june when I cannot work over the summer. Would be happy to temp though between redundancy and summer hols.
and yes, we get DLA - it all goes on therapies, special diet and equipment (and doesn't even cover that).
and as I only can work school hours (because of DC and no access to any type of childcarr) I don't think I will find work quickly. So gettingn Jsa will make a few £££ difference to getting carera allowance.
Probably your best option is to claim both CA & C-JSA (they overlap but you'll get a Carers premium plus JSA in practice = JSA + 35£ish ) and then sign off for the summer holidays and just claim CA for the six weeks.
You can sign off and reclaim whenever you want subject to C-JSA limits.
I'm getting a bit rusty though so best to double check. Contact a family helpline are good www.cafamily.org.uk/
(Although you should be allowed to limit your jobsearch/availability to suitable hours to fit with your DC, so depending on how you find the JC staff, you might decide it's manageable to carry on through)