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Postby xfayelouisex » Sun Oct 08, 2006 1:33 pm

i want to leave my job, because its making my life a misery and i can't stay there till i get another job, as its affecting so many parts of my life, so i was thinking about going back on job seekers allowence(i used to be on it in may 2006}till i get another one but coz i will have left through personal choice i don't know if i would be allowed to have it.any1 able to help me please
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Postby Moose » Sun Oct 08, 2006 10:09 pm

I'm not sure exactly what the official rules are, but I work with unemployed people and I've met hundreds who are on JSA even though they left their jobs by choice.

However - are you looking for work at the moment? What methods are you using to look for work? I'm sure you already know this, but it is so much easier to get a new job when you're already in work than when you're not. What work do you want to do? Do you need to retrain? What will you tell your next employer when they ask why you left your last job?

Would there be any way you could cut your hours down where you work now? That way you could still be working, but you'd have more time to look for a new job, and you'd be spending less time in an environment that's making you stressed out.
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Postby xfayelouisex » Mon Oct 09, 2006 8:50 am

yes im looking for work almost every day, im going round shops, looking on the job centre website, newspaper etc, i can't cut down my hours i only work 16 hours anyway, but i can't afford to travel there and pay my bills on those hours, and i hate it there besides that, i don't want more hours there coz i can't stand it, i just want out, and i can't leave and just look for a job on my own, theres no way i can get money
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Postby brfc » Wed Oct 11, 2006 1:59 pm

best place too go is citizens advice for info on job seekers allowance
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Postby cutiechops » Sat Nov 18, 2006 3:46 pm

Hi guys

From personal experience i know that when you choose to leave a job and claim job seekers they will odviously want to know why you left your job , you say that it is having an effect on your life, making you miserable etc...im sure they take all this in to consideration as to whether or not you should get benefit or if they will suspend you from receiving money. They will send your claim forms to a decision maker and if you can give them as much information as possible about how it is effecting your life im sure in some cases they will decide to give you benefit . i had a similar situation to yours a couple of years ago and thought that they would suspend my payments but they decided i could get money , wich was quite a shock, so just let them now what a bad efeect the job is having on you and maybe they will pay you. Just a thought but maybe you could telephone them and ask

Hope this helps a little x :)
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Postby chosenfew » Mon Nov 20, 2006 5:40 pm

you can not get jobseekers if you have left you job. how long have you been there?? the only thing you could say is that you were made redundent as there was no more work for you or you could say that your contract ended. i know this is lying but 99% of the time they dont check up on it. people frown upon JSA but there are hundreds of smackhead that have been on job seekers for years and havent paid a penny of tax and theres us paying tax since the age of 16 so you deserve some back :D
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Re: job seekers allowence

Postby retrochav » Thu Nov 23, 2006 10:04 am

I can tell you the rules of Job Seekers Allowance as i used to be an adviser at the CAB and keep close contact.

You CAN leave a job and claim JSA - if you can show good cause. Typically that would be health and safety, offensive behaviour of staff or management (always a good one, even if truth is that they reading page 3 rather than displaying porn) etc.

If you dont have good cause and cant give a good reason, they can sanction ylou - cut or suspend benefit for up to six weeks. In this case, request a review and apply for hardship payments (which gives you 40% of your applicable amount = 40% of £57.45 if your over 25years of age).

If you have paid 2yrs of stamps you can claim contribution based JSA which isnt means tested. After six months contribution based JSA runs out and you would have to claim "income based JSA". If you live with a partner, or with someone who the DWP believe to be your partner, their income will be taken into account and if they earn more than £90.10 (couple rate) you would be excluded from claiming.

Please PM me if you need further information, or check out the CPAG guide to benefits and tax credits (which is an advisers bible) in the liabrary. There are ways around everything.
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