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  1. Hello there, Hopefully someone can help with this. My understanding is that under the old system, if you had sanctions on JSA but then won ESA the sanctions you had on JSA would not effect the ESA payments. I'm on Universal Credit however, and it's just recently occurred to me that the UC basic payment is the same benefit whether you are fit for work or are found to have limited capability. So any sanctions from before a successful WCA would be the same as after. Is this correct? My story is a bit long winded. I started UC back in late 2015 but was suffering with depression, so I did the whole fit note thing and had a WCA in 2016 but was found fit for work as I had been trying anti-depressents which had given me a boost which coincided with the WCA. It didn't last much longer and I got worse, started getting sanctions for not meeting commitment. I eventually managed to persuade someone, somewhere that my condition was worse so should get a new WCA. I also managed to overturn some sanctions after this by providing fit notes and saying I had a new WCA on the way. However, as I still wasn't meeting the commitment they kept asking why I'd not met it and I said the same thing as before, that I was sending fit notes and waiting for the new WCA. I assumed that would be fine, as the sanctions had been overturned before because of this, but then one day I got about 7 letters through the door at once all saying I was being sanctioned for 91 days each, so about two years total. I thought it must be a mistake, so I was quite confident with the reconsideration request, but the decision maker phoned me up and told me the previous overturning of sanctions had not been correct and that the new 2 year sanction would remain. I was pretty defeated by this and clocked up more sanctions to hit the full 3 years because I wasn't managing to meet the commitment. Anyway, I had my new WCA in 2017 but was found fit for work again. I went ahead with the reconsideration and appeal and my tribunal hearing is coming up in a month. I seem to remember that my work coach had said after the first sanctions that a successful WCA would make the sanctions disappear, but now that I'm looking I can't seem to find anything that says that, and the more I think about it and look at the regulations the more I think it isn't correct and that winning at the appeal won't actually make any financial difference as I'm still under the sanctions from before the WCA. Anyone got a definitive answer? Any help much appreciated
  2. Women winning battles: Recreating the Wrens unit which helped win the War READ MORE HERE: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/women-winning-battles-recreating-the-wrens-unit-which-helped-win-the-war
  3. A mum-of-six has hit out at a rent-to-own company after the cooker she bought from them broke down – and she had to wait four weeks for it to be fixed. Tracy Stevenson, 40, of Briery Way, Adeyfield, Hemel Hempstead took out a payment plan for the new Beko induction cooker from Brighthouse in the town centre at £11.82 a week. Over the next three years, the cooker – worth £666 – will set the family back £1,843.92, which is an APR representative of 69.9 per cent. More ... Just look at those rip-off interest rates. She paid £1,178 more than she needed, she could have taken her family on holiday or fed them steak with that. Stop being proud and get your goods in a second-hand or charity shop and use that until you have saved up enough to buy a new one. You can bet your life the boss of Brighthouse hasn't got a cheap Beko in his house and doesn't live on chicken nuggets.
  4. Hi I was on incapacity benefit for approx 10 years due to several health problems. Last year after yet another atos medical I was placed on esa (contribution based) and placed in the work related group. I received a letter stating that the esa was payable for up to 365 days. I appealed being placed in the work related group and approx two weeks ago attended a tribunal & was placed in the support group. I was told previously by the disability officer at the job centre that if I was placed in the support group I would continue to get my benefits after the 365 days, whilst awaiting my appeal though I had been attending various groups in the hopes of being able to find employment if my benefits where stopped (no chance of employment though after a year of trying) Today (Saturday) I received a letter telling me that my benefits had ceased because I have reached the 365 days. After trying to phone the benefits centre to tell them I had been placed in the support group & that I had been told my benefits would continue, I find they are shut till next week. As you can no doubt imagine this has placed a massive amount of pressure on me after thinking everything had finally been sorted, so I am going to be having a very bad weekend before I can phone them on Monday/Tuesday. So can any one please tell me will I continue to receive my benefits now that I have been placed in the support group? Or am I going to be left pretty much destitute with no chance of getting employment. Cheers Jim
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