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Old 30-10-2008, 12:32 PM
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Default Job seekers allowance back pay

Can anyone help

i recently left full time employment but thought i couldn't claim job seekers allowance for a long period of time.
A friend told me otherwise, so i put in a claim for back dated allowance. i have just received a letter saying that my excuse for not claiming earlier is not accepted and they wont back pay.

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Can anyone help

i recently left full time employment but thought i couldn't claim job seekers allowance for a long period of time.
A friend told me otherwise, so i put in a claim for back dated allowance. i have just received a letter saying that my excuse for not claiming earlier is not accepted and they wont back pay.
The most they ever back date is 3 months on benefits and then it has to be sort of exceptional circumstances. I would say DWP would say ignorance in other words not knowing you could claim is not a good enough reason.

My husband had IB back dated by 3 months. But he was in hospital for 3 and half months after a stroke. Claiming benefits as you can imagine was not top of my list of things to do.

So you really don't stand much of a chance.

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unless you can prove the benefits agencies mis-advised you!

My DH was made redundant in 2000, and they told him he couldn't get anything. In early 2002 we discovered he should have had contributions based JSA so he put in a claim/appeal. They paid him the full 26 weeks worth in one payment, along with interest on it -- though it did take about 6 months to go through the process.
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unless you can prove the benefits agencies mis-advised you!

My DH was made redundant in 2000, and they told him he couldn't get anything. In early 2002 we discovered he should have had contributions based JSA so he put in a claim/appeal. They paid him the full 26 weeks worth in one payment, along with interest on it -- though it did take about 6 months to go through the process.
I took it to be that the OP had not even looked in to the situation as they say "but thought i couldn't claim job seekers allowance for a long period of time."

Not that he has spoken to the Job centre and the computer had say no.

But you are right if you miss informed by the benefit agencies then you have a right to appeal.

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Old 30-10-2008, 3:21 PM
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TBH, I read it the same way -- but still thought the appeal process worth mentioning just in case
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because i left work on a compromise agreement i thought i would'nt get anything for 26 weeks, as per their website, do you think i might have a claim
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no idea what a compromise agreement is, so can't ever hazard a guess -- sorry
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Rodders, depends on amount and terms of agreement, They wont backdate, but I'd apply anyway - even if you get no JSA, you want your NI stamp paid, so do still go along asap!
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Thanks Emmzi

agreement was for 6000 +, could they then say im not eligible for any benefits for a period of time. they have already agreed to pay ni and that im eligible for jsa but not back dated
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because i left work on a compromise agreement i thought i would'nt get anything for 26 weeks, as per their website, do you think i might have a claim
I do not know if there would be sanction or not (between 2 and 26 weeks) but it is worth applying as you will be paid until a decision maker looks at your case. If there is a sanction you can appeal against this to an indepenedent tribunal.
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if they have said you are elegible for contribution bad jsa then presumably they are not imposing a sanction?

confused, you can't be eligible AND sanctioned!
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Hi,

Sounds like you may have left your job voluntarily, so had you claimed from day 1 then a sanction of upto 26 weeks could have been imposed. If you are claiming outside of the 26 weeks LV action would not apply.

Difficult to say if you would have been sanctioned based on the info given and as you have discovered backdating is quite strict.

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