apologies if you've seen my question on some other forum, but I did not get any replies and I'm getting a bit anxious about this issue.
- EU national, in UK for 15 years, but with an absence of more than 6 months (see below)
- Never claimed any benefits until late 2013, till I lost my job, then left the UK for 8 months and came back in 2014.
- Claimed JSA in 2015 (six months after coming back) but it was initially refused on the ground the 8 months absence would not entitle to any benefits.
- Appealed and won, but was told I could only claim