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Extended benefits on returning to work?

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Last year, at the end of October I was made redundant and it took me until the end of June 2009 to find employment again. I was therefore unemployed for a period of more than 26 weeks. I signed on every 2nd week and when they stopped paying me Job seekers allowance I still continued to sign on.

When I got employment I went straight to the Jobcentre and went through all the rigmarole to advise that I would be starting employment the next day. The benefits agency were updated by the Jobcentre in addition to myself updating them by phone.

I applied for the Extended Housing as I was unemployed for longer than 26 weeks without a break, but they are refusing it stating that as my Job Seekers allowance ended in May I am not entitled to the Extended Benefits when I returned to work. I did not claim income based benefits as my wife works full time.

This council has to be one of the most incompetent councils on the face of this earth as from day one they have messed up our benefits.

As far as I am aware I am entitled to these extended benefits on Housing and Council Tax.

I have had a read of the council tax regulations at The Council Tax Benefit Regulations 2006 and also the housing benfits at The Housing Benefit Regulations 2006 but it does not make much sense to me.

Can any one please advise?

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You can only get the extention if you have already been receiving it. If housing benefit and council tax benefit ended in May along with jobseekers, you are not entitled to it.


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Prior to starting work we were receiving Housing and Council Tax benefits which is why I thought it would continue. We only started receiving this when the JSA payment stopped and had been receiving it for 3 weeks prior to me starting work.

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I have recently been told that I'll get benefits incl housing for an extra 4 weeks when I get a job. Because I've been on Jobseekers (both bases) for more than 6 months though.

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Seems there is one rule for one and another made up by the local council!

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Sorry - it's not your council - it's the regulations. You need to have received income-based jsa for part of the period or you do not qualify. Only getting contribution-based jsa means you do not qualify for extended hb/ctb.

 

If you are on a low income between both of you (and if you have dependant children) you could always see if you qualify for any hb/ctb. Nothing ventured and all that........


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I received contributions based Job seekers allowance as signing on qualifies you for this as you still "receive" NI, but was told I did not qualify for the income based allowance as my wife worked more than 24 hours a week. Try living on no income especially when returning to work in the first month. I am now begining to regret returning to work because of all these hassles which are not of my making. Should have become a professional sponger except my ethnics will not allow me to do that.

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