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tomtom256 last won the day on March 17 2019

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  1. You also need to read up on permitted expenses as UC rules are different to HMRC rules. Is it a hackney taxi or private hire? Hackney allows all vehicle expenses to be claimed, however a private taxi will only allow the mileage to be claimed, which includes a figure for your insurance etc. Once the income and expenditure has been declared, you can then bank any amount for your holiday pay, but be careful not to go over the savings threshold for UC. See How to report your earnings from self-employment - GOV.UK WWW.GOV.UK
  2. It should/will be a straightforward no, as legislation doesn't allow for it. To be entitled to carers allowance, there needs to be a qualifying disability benefit in payment, for the person the care was provided for. If no disability benefit claimed, then there will never be an entitilement to carers allowance. There is other criteria as well, but if you don't meet the main one, the rest don't matter.
  3. Remember, it's not your work coach doing this, it comes from ministers and work coaches have to do as directed on a national level. Most work coaches agree that telephone appointments are just as effective as face to face appointment, but the higher ups won't hear of it.
  4. Hmm I would say your are being lied too. Current guidance is based on a ladder approach of current priorities. Top of the ladder is 18 - 24 and then filters down to 25+ caseloads. Our jobcentre is inviting people for a face to face, but then changing it if we get a request for a phone appointment etc. Video calls are now a thing as well, but slow rollout and not too many work coaches want to do them.
  5. You may be able to do a dual claim to ESA, if you meet the elgibility criteria. If not, just report a health condition on UC and they health journey/work capability process should start for you. Exactly the same thing, but you just stay with UC. Not much difference other then stamp paid.
  6. There is no clinicaly vulnerable anymore or extremely clinically vulnerable, according to the government, as anybody in those catagories should have been vaccinated. Staff feel the same as the OP, especially those with similar health conditions. Staff should currently only be asking people who would benefit from a face to face appointment into the ofice, however the steer from on high, is to bring everybody back into the office. The current priority is 18 - 24 for kickstart.
  7. When not just complete a change of name deed and make the name change "official", change all of your ID over if required and then this should solve the issue. The difference when using a surname following marriage is totally different to what you are referring too. A marriage certificate is the legally certified document that shows both "legal" names a married woman can use. What you have is an assumed surname with no current legal standing and is just an AKA which has no legal basis. It could also cause issues should you need to claim benefits.
  8. They are not being stubborn, legislation states what evidence they are allowed to accept, which is what they ask you for. They cannot accept anything else. Everything that happens within UC is done because of the actual legislation, there is no grey, just black and white.
  9. But the vaccine doesn't stop the spread, it just lessens the impact. As you currently have a telephone appointment booked, I don't see what your current issue is. Yes, you will have to attend the jobcentre at somepoint, but this should be done in a safe way. My jobcentre is socially distanced for bot staff and customers to make it safer, with a one way system to follow to move aroound and spot cleaning after every face to face appointment. What else can be done to make you at ease? As I said before, it's no different to nipping to the shops or the pub, as many people are now doing.
  10. So currently no actual risk then, if it's a phone appointment. Kind of pointless raising the topic, as no real change, other then having to start to fufill your requirements. Commitments and normal "actively seeking employment" appointments will return as restrictions are removed, it may not be what you want to do, but you will need to attend your meetings, be that via telephone, video call or face to face or you may be sanctioned at a later date or facehaving your claim closed, depending on what benefit(s) you currently claim. Many members of staff are also in the CEV and CV catagories, with quite a few having received shielding letters, who may not want to see customers face to face for the exact same reasons, however they are contractually obligated to do so or will face the exact same risk as you, being they get sacked. What do you propose, we just leave it as it is and do nothing to get the country back on it's feet? Those claiming Universal Credit as part of the pandemic have had to have appointments through out their claim and Legacy customers are currently being sent letters to attend appointments and create new commitments.
  11. But the DWP have been working throughout the pandemic, enduring public transport etc and it's really no different then nipping to the shops or the pub, which people have started doing. Work is available and covid appears to be here to stay, so we need to get on with it. Can't really have a further 12 month lockdown.
  12. No, they have all been re-instated or are in the process of being re-instated. Hence the review, being booked.
  13. So how are they ripping disabled people off? I am confused, I thought you was querying having to pay for the tyre to be replaced.
  14. Yeah tyres are covered under the mobility, but you must book through them or at least tell kwik fit it's a mobility vehicle so they can do the proper paperwork/checks. They won't know unless told, so will charge you to replace the tyre.
  15. Yeah so based on what you say, legislation would allow for a claim to housing benefit, your local council may argue/refuse owing to regulation 9, but as long as your sister has another property where she can prove she lives i.e. paying council tax etc, you can prove tenancy is above board and she would evict for none payment of rent and treat you like any other tenant, they should lose at appeal, if it had to go that far. As you are in receipt of PIP then you should be exempt from bedroom tax, but if you only have 1 carer stay over each night, you may only be entitled to the 2 bedroom rate, obvioulsy if you have 2 carers per night, then you should get the 3 bedroom rate as each carer will be entitled to thier own room. Just a thought, are you staying within the same council area, as if you move to another council area, I think you would then have to make a claim to Universal Credit.
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