would I be able to claim JSA if I leave my job voluntarily?
One of my DC is severely disabled, turning 13 soon and no holiday club round here carers for that age. I desperately need to find something term time but I do not have any time whatsoever to do the job hunting whilst working and caring. I have burn out and depression and need to take one step at a time.
I know you would not usually quality for JSA in this situation but I wondered if there are special rules for those with significant caring responsiblies if there is no childcare available due to SN.
and before anyone suggests CA - that's a lot less than JSA and a stretch too far for me financially (I am a bit in a mess money wise and literally every penny counts and I would be genuinely job seeking).
I left my job due to caring duties and I get CA and IS - together it adds up to about £107 a week, so more than JSA on its own. My DS gets HRC on DLA, so we get premiums on tax credits as well, which is £150 a week, so that helps a lot. I could claim immediately after leaving my job, and I don't need to attend the jobcentre or have any jobseeking requirements.
Try the Contact helpline or Carers UK - their benefits information is usually accurate. But you can also use Entitled To online yourself as well.
I know that the difference is £13/week. but believe it or not - for some this is a lot of money I would have hoped to find a job quicker than 6 months.But it seems I won't qualify for JSA anyways despite having worked all my adult live and caring for a severely disabled child. Need to go back to the drawing board as to what to do. If only we had access to childcare, I would not be in this mess. being a carer sucks.
If your depression is significant you could apply for ESA which can be contributions based and wouldn't have a sanction for leaving work voluntarily. But it's paid at assessment rate until you get a work capability assessment, which is even less than CA.
Make sure you let tax credits know about you leaving work - if you aren't already claiming you might be able to put in a claim with the drop in income. The thresholds are higher with a disabled child. It's worth going for a full benefit check - you might qualify for housing benefit/council tax support as well, as you can get those with a working partner on a low income, with extra premiums for a disabled child.
You could ask social services for an assessment to get more respite care - but it's unlikely to cover full time working hours and IME the quality/choice isn't great.