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    • Henry1994
    • By Henry1994 21st Oct 19, 10:16 AM
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    Advice on backdating JSA claims.
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    • 21st Oct 19, 10:16 AM
    Advice on backdating JSA claims. 21st Oct 19 at 10:16 AM
    Good morning I hope this message finds everyone well, I am looking to pick the brains of you all.

    I have been out of work for the last 4/5 months looking for work. I have been attending plenty of interviews just not getting any luck. I have email and paper records of the job applications I have been making throughout this period. For some stupid reason, I was too proud to claim JSA, and have now got myself into debt. I am living with my parents so rent-free, but they aren't the richest people so have my own bills to pay too. I am looking to now claim retrospectively for JSA and 3 months worth of payments, using the evidence of myself applying for jobs that I have kept. The question is, I see on the government website it says there must be a valid reason for backdating payments. Now I feel my reason is valid, I didn't want to claim off the state as I know services are overstretched and I assumed that with my qualifications I would find a job much sooner, but how would the benefits office view this reasoning? Would this qualify as reasonable enough to be able to backdate my claim providing I can show evidence of consistent efforts to find employment during the period of the claim?

    Thanks in advance all

    Last edited by Henry1994; 21-10-2019 at 10:16 AM. Reason: spelling error
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    • calcotti
    • By calcotti 21st Oct 19, 10:31 AM
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    • 21st Oct 19, 10:31 AM
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    • 21st Oct 19, 10:31 AM
    I very much doubt this will be accepted as good reason. Examples of good reason on the Citizens Advice website are "for example a close relative died or you were given wrong advice by the Jobcentre".

    Choosing not to claim is not a good reason for not claiming (even if it's understandable).

    However there's no harm in asking.

    Bear in mind that new style JSA is only payable for a maximum of six months and you need to have a complete NI record for the tax years 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 to qualify. Alternatively you can instead claim Universal Credit.
    Last edited by calcotti; 21-10-2019 at 10:43 AM.
    • pebbles88
    • By pebbles88 23rd Oct 19, 7:20 AM
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    • 23rd Oct 19, 7:20 AM
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    • 23rd Oct 19, 7:20 AM
    Hi op

    Whatever you decide to do in regards to claiming a benefit ( in your case either UC or new style jsa if you know you meet the criteria for it ) do it quick & don't delay.
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