Patricia Pearl - Small Claims Procedure - A Practical Guide


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    Question a few hours work while on JSA

    Hi,

    Sorry if the title doesn't explain properly, I wasn't sure what to put.

    I've recently been made redundanticon and have just started claiming JSA.

    The company I worked for want me to do some work for them, but it is only about a day work and want me to invoice them for doing it, so I won't actually be employed by them, I will in all essensce be doing the work as self-employed. I'm happy to do this work, but I haven't a clue what I need to do to make this legal, since any money I receive will be paid directly into my bank account. :-?

    As much as I want to do this work, I don't want to go getting myself a criminal record or anything like that either.

    There is a chance I will be asked to do more work for them in the future, but again it will only be a day here and there at most.

    Can anyone please give me some advice ?

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    The rules for working whilst on JSA cover both hours and pay. You can only work under 16 hours and any pay must be declared and knocked off your benefit pound for pound, so for you odd days working may well be a bit pointless.
    Your other problem is the selfemployed aspect. If you are classed as becoming self employed you will be disallowed JSA. The legislation treats gaps in employment for the self employed as "part of the normal course of work" and they cannot claim in between contracts. Each time you did some self employed work all the details would go to a dec maker to decide if you are to be classed as self employed or not. You might get away with the first time as a one off, but the more you do the more likely it is they would class you as a self employed worker.
    Each of these dec takes time and delays benefit (if it is reawarded). To be honest is it worth doing the odd day. Probably better putting your energies into finding a full time job elsewhere.

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    Default Re: a few hours work while on JSA

    You have to inform the Jobcentre if you intend to work, even for a day. If you don't tell them and they find out, they will stop your benefit immediately and you could also be left open to the wrath of their fraud department.

    If they decide to stop your benefit because you are working, you can do what I believe is called a "rapid reclaim" in order to avoid going through the entire lengthly claims process every time you work for a day. HOWEVER - I believe that self employed people are AUTOMATICALLY refused JSA, so please do bear this in mind

    The best thing to do, is to give them a ring and ask how it would (hypothetically) work in your individual circumstances, as individual circumstance can vary from one claim to another. Also ask if a rapid reclaim would be possible. I don't know enough about benefit to be certain about this.


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    Default Re: a few hours work while on JSA

    Thanks for your reply, Ali.

    I am concetrating on finding a new job and have a couple of irons in the fire as we speak. Might just decide to do the work as a freebie, since I can do it in the house at my leisure, so won't interfer with my job seeking :o)

    I guess once I've got a new job, it'll be alot easier for me to help them out and be classed as self employed, since I can do everything they ask from home.

    Thanks again for your advice

    Erika, thanks for your advice too :o)

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    Default Re: a few hours work while on JSA

    No probs, I used to work as JSA processor. BTW the rapid reclaim is just a shorter form (and you don't have to go through the phone claim at the start), it doesn't always mean the claim will be more quickly processed (although as they are usually fairly easy to process alot of staff would pull these out and do them first to push up you daily processing figures-yes we had daily targets lol). To qualify for a rapid reclaim the new claim must link to your previous claim (less than 12 week gap) and have no majors changes in circumstances since the last claim.

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    Default Re: a few hours work while on JSA

    I realise this is a little late in the day for the point that was initially raised BUT if you are doing SELF EMPLOYED work you need to notify the Inland Revenue within 3 months of starting or you will be fined (100 at the last check). You will also be subject to other classes of NI contributions which you will pay by direct debiticon and depending on your earnings, you may qualify for a refund for these if you are a low earner. Having done that, if you are still claiming JSA you are duty bound to inform them of the hours & pay.



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