Advice please re recently unemployed daughter who is living at home.

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For the past three years, she is now 21 years, my daughter has had various temporary employment paying tax and NI. For the past year she has been working as a cleaner in the morning and as bar staff at night. She lost both jobs this week due to cut backs. :mad:

She feels embarrassed about having to consider benefits, but the job vacancies are now so rare in our area, she may have to.

She lives at home, can she claim anything until she finds other employment?
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  • noelphobicnoelphobic Forumite
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    She should be able to claim Job Seekers Allowance. If her NI contributiions are OK she would be able to get this as contribution based, if her NI contributions aren't sufficient then she should be able to get it as a means tested benefit, assuming she doesn't have a large amount of savings.
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  • amistupid wrote: »
    She lives at home, can she claim anything until she finds other employment?
    She would be able to claim Jobseekers allowance.
    Can be done online: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Diol1/DoItOnline/DG_178228
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  • She won't be able to claim any help with housing costs/rent as she lives with her parents. The JSA is meant for living costs so make sure you take some off her for board.

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  • KimitatsuKimitatsu Forumite
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    Firstly tell her not to feel embarrassed :o At 21 she has a whole lifetime of paying into the tax system to go and she will more than repay any benefits she claims now.

    She needs to claim so that she has some money to attend job interviews, can afford basic living costs etc, and as has been said she will be eligible for contributions based JSA for the first 26 weeks and should she need it income based for the following period, although from the sounds of it I would imagine that she will take any sort of job right now!

    If she is on benefits there are also training course that she can take part time free of charge at her local college (as they are only part time, if she does find employment then she would be able to continue with them) so perhaps she could look at that too so she doesnt feel that she is doing nothing?

    Good luck in her job hunting :T
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  • noelphobicnoelphobic Forumite
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    I think that claiming JSA also means that her NI contributions will be made for her which could be important in the future if she needs to claim other benefits.
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  • amistupidamistupid Forumite
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    Thanks for your help everyone.
    In memory of Chris Hyde #867
  • MojisolaMojisola Forumite
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    noelphobic wrote: »
    I think that claiming JSA also means that her NI contributions will be made for her which could be important in the future if she needs to claim other benefits.

    The credits she will get from JSA will only protect her pension. They won't give her access to other benefits.
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