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Old 11-02-2009, 15:19
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I have a friend who went back to work in retail, after 10 year of being a full time mum. She only worked from September till New Year, as it was a Christmas job. She'd be keen to get another, but the retail market is terrible, and there aren't many available.

Would she be able to get unemployment benefit, and if so, what are the obligations?
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Old 11-02-2009, 15:22
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she`ll be able to claim something, income support if not jobseekers.
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/MoneyTax...rk/DG_10014402
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Old 11-02-2009, 15:29
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I have a friend who went back to work in retail, after 10 year of being a full time mum. She only worked from September till New Year, as it was a Christmas job. She'd be keen to get another, but the retail market is terrible, and there aren't many available.

Would she be able to get unemployment benefit, and if so, what are the obligations?
Did she get any benefits before she went back to work?
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Old 11-02-2009, 15:40
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This website should be able to help her a lot. Just answer a few questions and it explains what she may be able to claim.

http://www.entitledto.co.uk/
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Old 11-02-2009, 16:00
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As long as you are looking for a job, can't you claim it regardless of any other situations?

I vaguely remember my mum getting some sort of extra benefit when she started looking for work when our dad left (plus a 40 a week bonus for the first year in employment if over 16 hours a week I think).
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Old 11-02-2009, 16:02
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Has she got a partner, if she has it's probably dependant on their salary. I seem to remember the figure of 17,000. I think if the household income is that or higher then she would be due no benefit. But it might be slightly different as she's recently been in work, I'm not up to speed with all the different benefits.
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Old 11-02-2009, 16:55
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Old 11-02-2009, 16:59
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as long as she's looking but might have to be looking for full-time, I'm not sure.
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Old 11-02-2009, 18:47
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I know it use to be that you had had to have been working for 6 months prior to claiming jobseekers etc, but that was a while ago and may well have changed now.
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Old 11-02-2009, 18:49
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It depends.

She could make a claim for income based JSA IF she doesn't have a partner who works more than 24 hours a week, and she doesn't have more than 16,000 in savings / 2nd homes etc etc.

If she is a lone parent, she could make a claim for income support, providing her youngest child is under 12.

She wouldn't be entitled to contribution based JSA because she hasn't paid enough NI contributions.
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Old 12-02-2009, 05:44
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Old 12-02-2009, 07:57
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I believe the milk snatcher de classified stay at home single mums from claiming jobseekers and let them claim income support instead.

I think it reduced the unemployment figures by over a million with the stroke of a pen.
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:42
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That is brilliant
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:46
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I believe the milk snatcher de classified stay at home single mums from claiming jobseekers and let them claim income support instead.

I think it reduced the unemployment figures by over a million with the stroke of a pen.
Why should they be entitled to JSA if they've no intention of getting a job? It's called JOB Seeker's Allowance!!!!

Be prepared if you claim JSA you may be sent to Working Links (like the old Job Club) and if you don't attend you get your JSA stopped.
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:55
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Rudester, if your friend is single mom living without a partner and doesn't have much in the way of savings, then she should be able to claim income support which will be more than jobseekers allowance as she needs more than JSA to keep a family. I am assuming she was on income support before she went back to work, which means it should be fairly straight forward going back onto it.

The last time I went to a lone parent interview, I asked what their stance was and how easy it was to get back onto income support if I took a temporary job assuming it would be lots of hassle and a fight to get IS back and they were very encouraging and said that it wouldn't be a problem. They would rather I gained some experience, even if only temporary and would help me get back onto IS afterwards.

While on Income Support, she will be 'supported' by the Lone Parent Team to help her get back into work. I use the term 'supported' losely as so far I have found their knowledge, advice and support is somewhat lacking in my experience, but then my circumstances are unusual.
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Old 12-02-2009, 12:15
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Old 12-02-2009, 14:43
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I believe the milk snatcher de classified stay at home single mums from claiming jobseekers and let them claim income support instead.

I think it reduced the unemployment figures by over a million with the stroke of a pen.
Total nonsense. To claim Unemployment Benefit you have always been required to prove that you are "Actively Seeking Work". The name of the benefit was changed to "Jobseeker's Allowance" some years ago in order to drive the point home.
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Old 12-02-2009, 14:48
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Income support is only payable if her chilren are below 12, in Oct this year it will go down to 10 years old and next october 7 years old. This means if her kids are older than 12 (or older than 10 in oct this year) then she cant get IS.

She wont get contribution based JSA as she hasnt worked enough, so it will be means tested JSA which is about 45pw
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Old 12-02-2009, 14:52
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If she has a partner and he works more than 24 hours a week then she cant get an unrmployment benefit
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Old 12-02-2009, 15:31
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I'm interested in this thread as I'm due to go back to work soon after my maternity leave but I almost would be better off staying at home as childcare costs are estronomical. My salary would not cover it. Not to mention I am being given a very different job as my old role was made redundant!
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Old 12-02-2009, 15:59
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Income support is only payable if her chilren are below 12, in Oct this year it will go down to 10 years old and next october 7 years old. This means if her kids are older than 12 (or older than 10 in oct this year) then she cant get IS.

She wont get contribution based JSA as she hasnt worked enough, so it will be means tested JSA which is about 45pw
You're right, I'd forgotten about that new age limit. She's only eligible for Income Support until the child is 12, after that it's JSA. How the hell is she going to feed, house and support a family on 45 per week while she looks for another job? Especially in this climate. Bloody hell. Now that's poverty.

I thought this government were claiming to get children out of poverty.
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Old 12-02-2009, 16:05
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I'm interested in this thread as I'm due to go back to work soon after my maternity leave but I almost would be better off staying at home as childcare costs are estronomical. My salary would not cover it. Not to mention I am being given a very different job as my old role was made redundant!
If childcare is an option then the Lone Parent Advisers will push you to going back to work anyway, with financial support for the childcare to ensure working is financially viable.

Don't forget you'd get Child/Working Tax Credit on top of your salary, and I'm sure on top of that you would receive help for childcare costs. There's some websites with calculators around the net to help you work out an estimate of the financial help you would get.
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Old 12-02-2009, 16:29
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You're right, I'd forgotten about that new age limit. She's only eligible for Income Support until the child is 12, after that it's JSA. How the hell is she going to feed, house and support a family on 45 per week while she looks for another job? Especially in this climate. Bloody hell. Now that's poverty.

I thought this government were claiming to get children out of poverty.
Because she gets tons of other benefits as well?
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