Budgeting Loan - 26 Weeks Rule

Hi all,

I have recently helped my cousin apply for a budgeting loan to help pay for some household items he is in need of.

He received the letter back stating they could not award a budgeting loan as he has not been receiving the appropriate benefit for 26 weeks.

He applied for JSA in January and they took a while to award and he was awarded ESA end of February (backdated to the beginning of January). First payment received at the end of Feb sometime.

My question is:

Does the benefit have to be in payment for 26 weeks? I.e. is it 26 weeks from the end of February when first payment received?

Or is it from the date the benefit was awarded from? I.e. from early January?

Thanks for anybody who can confirm, i've not been able to find the info on direct.gov or anywhere else for that matter.

Thank you,

RL123
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