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Old 05-12-2006, 1:05 PM
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Question Benefits for 17 year old???

Hi,my son left school at 16,has not claimed ANY benefits as we were told we have to support him until he is 18,he has been looking for jobs,but nothing coming his way,can he claim ANY benefit,or does he have to wait until 18???Any advice would be great.
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if he'd gone to college he'd get £30 a week- as he didn't, i think its a job or nothing
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Surely in his position any job is better than no job and zero income beyond what Mum and Dad shell out? Did he get any qualifications? Has he had a Saturday job? What are his plans for the future?
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Old 05-12-2006, 1:51 PM
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Originally Posted by davmail
Hi,my son left school at 16,has not claimed ANY benefits as we were told we have to support him until he is 18,he has been looking for jobs,but nothing coming his way,can he claim ANY benefit,or does he have to wait until 18???Any advice would be great.
I have looked around and I think what you were told is right ,as he lives with you he won't get any benefits under 18,anything he would be entitled to would be judge against the household income

Hopefully though someone with more knowledge of benefits etc will be along soon

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Old 05-12-2006, 2:05 PM
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give the jsa a go. When I rang recently the bloke on the phone said he have known people to ring on their 17th birthday.

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Old 05-12-2006, 4:40 PM
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JSA is not usually paid to under 18s unless they are estranged from their parents. He should contact Connexions who may be able to help him look for suitable work/training.
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It is correct that he cannot claim benefits as an individual if he is living at home, it will be assessed on household income.

If he registers with Connexions, they have 12 week courses for which he will be paid EMA for attending, and they can help the young person gain employment by improving life skills

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Old 05-12-2006, 7:12 PM
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Has he done any work or training since leaving school? If he has he may be entitled to bridging allowance (it was £15 a week, but that was a year or two back, but if it didn't go up in the 10 years before) for 8 weeks
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My son has sent a claim off for income support but they do want to know what money is coming into the household (he's 17). Your wages for instance. Am waiting to hear. Like yourself I'm supporting him at the moment and two other children 14 and 8, am also a single parent after 15 years of marrriage and am only able to work at the moment limited hours due to no childcare for the youngest.
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If he's willing to take a job at this time of year couldn't he get one, even a temporary Christmas one to tide him over till he got something else? If he just doesn't want to work, I wouldn't encourage him as a parent by pointing him down the benefits route.
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Hi,my son left school at 16,has not claimed ANY benefits as we were told we have to support him until he is 18,he has been looking for jobs,but nothing coming his way,can he claim ANY benefit,or does he have to wait until 18???Any advice would be great.
If you're having problems financially while he's still at home, and he's fit and able, he should go and get a job. Benefits are for people who really need them and from what you've said the only thing he needs is to get off his backside.
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Without having a go, is there actually any good reason that he couldn't get a job as others have suggested?
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Old 15-12-2006, 3:11 PM
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without prejudice

2 ways of doing this, tell the benefits he has to leave the household due to you not being able to support him, he will get housing benefit etc. at least he will learn how to look after himself with your support ... i.e. doing his washing and some meals, and theres nothing to stop him spending time at home before going back to his own place each night.

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enroll him in college, keeps him off the street, gets him a qualification and youll get some cash to support him.

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without prejudice

2 ways of doing this, tell the benefits he has to leave the household due to you not being able to support him, he will get housing benefit etc. at least he will learn how to look after himself with your support ... i.e. doing his washing and some meals, and theres nothing to stop him spending time at home before going back to his own place each night.

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enroll him in college, keeps him off the street, gets him a qualification and youll get some cash to support him.

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Not strictly true, there are very different rules for 16 and 17 year old young people. It's a very complicated system.
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if he'd gone to college he'd get £30 a week- as he didn't, i think its a job or nothing
I'll think you'll find it's up to £30 and its means tested
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JSA is not usually paid to under 18s unless they are estranged from their parents. He should contact Connexions who may be able to help him look for suitable work/training.
JSA is never paid to under 18's

If the 16-18 year old has left home they may be entitled to some income support
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Old 15-12-2006, 8:18 PM
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Originally Posted by jowmonty
My son has sent a claim off for income support but they do want to know what money is coming into the household (he's 17). Your wages for instance. Am waiting to hear. Like yourself I'm supporting him at the moment and two other children 14 and 8, am also a single parent after 15 years of marrriage and am only able to work at the moment limited hours due to no childcare for the youngest.
Strange contradictions here. You can't work for lack of childcare but you have to support him! What about him being the childcare whilst you work.
I bet that would scare him into finding a job.
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Old 15-12-2006, 8:31 PM
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JSA is never paid to under 18's

If the 16-18 year old has left home they may be entitled to some income support
That's not true.

JSA Severe Hardship is available for 16 - 17 year olds in certain circumstances, during the CBEP
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