50Twuncle wrote: »
Sorry - but Adobe Acrobat does not let you edit a form - you need Acrobat pro for that....
Anyway - I have an appointment at the JCP with the DEA - which should help !
w06 wrote: »
I had a similar issue, the software is written in a way that, as I think you said previously, it doesn't permit you to say that you're both disabled and able to work - the opposite of what inclusive employment strategies are supposed to do.
I can't recall for certain what I ticked but I think at that questions I added that day's date and then later on it offers you free text options and asks what work you could do. I made it clear there that I am disabled but consider myself fit for work and outlined what I could do, and also explained that there wasn't an option for disabled but fit to work.
When I had my job centre appointment I'd already been put in the not fit to look for work group, because I'd been assessed as that on ESA (which was credits only whilst I was a student) and I was a bit worried that I was contradicting this by logging job seeking activities. i didn't want to be claiming erroneously, the work coach went through all of my answers on the bit that you're doing now and said it was all fine and reflected reality.
So in summary, I'd add todays date, or if there's a specific date when you became disabled that date, and at the next free text opportunity (which will appear a few questions along) write a paragraph explaining that you put todays date and why. It's a poorly written application process
pmlindyloo wrote: »
Having done a bit of googling I am not totally sure that there is an option to have a NI credits claim only for UC in your circumstances.
Alice_Holt wrote: »
I'd been wondering that.
If no UC is payable (because of excess income / capital, etc) I seem to recall that the claim is eventually closed. I'm not sure it's possible to maintain a UC claim just for NI credits (without any UC payments being made). I suspect the computer is likely to say NO.
The OP may wish to look at this F of I question:
"Please could you provide the regulations and/or guidance that describe the process for making a "credits only" claim for Universal Credit, when someone in a Full service UC area doesn't meet the NI contributions conditions for new style ESA or JSA, but also has too much income/savings for Universal Credit. "https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/claiming_new_style_esa_or_jsa_wh
If I read the response correctly, the process is that they are directed to claim JSA via a "JSANC1 form to complete and [an] .... interview" by a work coach. Then "The Work Coach will assess their entitlement to an NI credit, based upon the evidence in the form, inform them of what they need to do or keep on doing, and set them a fortnightly day of attendance."
How this works in practice is anyone's guess.
I would be surprised if a UC call-handler or a JC work coach would have the faintest clue of this procedure.
I suspect it was overlooked in the glorious design of UC thence the "There is no internal guidance for Decision Makers" comment. (And no provision in the way the UC computer was programmed to allow for this eventuality).
I'd be very interested to here how he gets on. Perhaps he could get a sensible family member to assist him through this process.
If he meets a DWP brick wall, the OP may want to get his MP involved in this process.
Given the overwhelming financial benefit of voluntary class 3 NI contributions -
c.£740 buys c.£245 per year of increased index linked SP entitlement; a payback period of 3 years.
- the OP may just decide to purchase additional (post 2016) years now before the cost increases in April 2019.
If he's struggling with putting dates on forms and is asking "What does it mean by "You can't add an entry to your journal until you've made a claim", then I'm afraid I can't see the OP successfully negotiating this particular UC / legacy benefits minefield.
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