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See helpline opening times. These range from participating in Jobcentre interviews, to having to look for work. These are the only benefits with requirements related to preparing for or looking for work. If you are a parent claiming Income Support or Universal Credit you will probably be required to take some action to prepare you for returning to work.
How much you will be required to do will Jsa returning to work on your circumstances and the age of your youngest child if you are the main carer. Some people such as single parents with under one will not have to do anything, while other parents will be expected to take all reasonable action to obtain full-time work.
If you are in a couple and you claim Universal Credit one of you will have to meet all work related requirements, the other parent may have fewer requirements, but this will depend on the age of the. You can also restrict your availability for some other reasons, such as disability.
You will be automatically be treated as having a LCWRA if you are pregnant and if working or preparing for work could be a risk to you or your unborn. If you are part of a couple, only one adult can be named as the responsible carer for all dependent children in your Universal Credit claim. If you have but you are not the responsible carer then you will be expected to meet all work-related requirements and look for full-time work.
If you are the responsible carer, and your child is under three, you should have fewer work related requirements placed on you. If you are a single parent responsible for you are Jsa returning to work considered a responsible carer. A Work-focused interview WFI is a meeting between you and a work coach, normally taking place at your local Jobcentre Plus.
It can be done over the telephone, or at your home in exceptional circumstances. If you are told that you have to attend WFIs this also means that you have to participate in the conversation and help draw up an action plan.
However, if your only work-related requirement is attending WFIs, you cannot be sanctioned for failing to do the actions agreed in the action plan. Work-related activity is action that makes it more likely that you will get a job or remain in work. The required activity is at the discretion of your work coach. If you are subject to all work-related requirements you must be available for work and you cannot unreasonably refuse any offers of work. In general, you Jsa returning to work required to take all reasonable action to obtain paid work, more paid work or better paid work.
This means that you will be required to spend a certain of hours each week searching for and applying for jobs. You may also be required to undertake work preparation activities such as attending a skills assessment, improving personal presentation, participating in training and undertaking work experience.
If you are the responsible carer for under 13 you can ask your personal adviser for adjustments to your expected hours of work in order to meet your childcare responsibilities. This means that your Income Support or Universal Credit will stop or be paid at a reduced rate for a certain of days. The DWP will allow five working days for you to provide an Jsa returning to work before applying a sanction.
If you are sanctioned you have a time limit of one month to challenge this decision. There are further rules that might mean you are exempt from some or all of the work related requirements, these can apply if:. A sanction takes away the Jsa returning to work of the benefit which is for you, called the standard allowance or half of it if you are claiming Universal Credit as a couple.
You still get any housing element, child element and other Universal Credit elements you are entitled to in your calculation. In some circumstances, leaving your job could result in a sanction, where you would not receive any additional benefit entitlement for 3 months or longer.
Under Universal Credit you cannot be sanctioned for leaving a job if, at the time of leaving the job, you were the responsible carer for aged under 3. Under Income Support you cannot be sanctioned for leaving a job in any circumstances, as long as you are still entitled to the benefit eg because you are a lone parent with under 5. If you are the carer of a disabled person including over 3 or 5you may also be able to leave your job and claim or continue to claim benefits without being sanctioned.
This will depend on whether the disabled person claims disability benefits and how many hours you have to spend caring for them. If you leave your job because of an imposed change where your employer makes a change to your terms and conditions without your agreement, you may be able to argue that you had a good reason for Jsa returning to work.
A reduction in pay would not be a good reason to leave, unless your pay is less than the national minimum wage. You can always challenge sanction decisions, however long ago they were made. In Jsa returning to work cases, if you are not earning or you are not earning enough, your Universal Credit or Housing Benefit may be benefit capped.
This can happen if your overall benefits including Child Benefit are more than the cap. There are lots of exceptions and it is worth getting advice if this happens to make sure the cap is correct. If you live in another part of the UK, the law may differ. Please call our helpline for more details. If you have further questions and would like to contact our advice team please use our advice contact form below or call us.Jsa returning to work
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