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HELP im in debt can i appeal against a jsa sanction ???

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My jobseeker allowance was sanctioned a couple of months ago for 6 months so itryed to get hardship and they wont give me that either, thing is i have arrears in council tax , rent and electricity now and have no income whatsoever i also have a 95 pound fine to pay off also, Is there any way i can get my benefit back ? Can i ask to get my jsa back and give them proof off the council and electricity provider than im in bad debt and have no money to face it and nowhere to turn to ?

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Hi Davie,


Your situation sounds very bad.


Can you give details of why they put the sanction on your JSA?


Do you have a letter from the DWP giving their reasons for the imposition of the sanction? If so, post the text as it may help people to suggest ways of challenging the sanction in appeal.


There are plenty of people here who can advise you, but I think those extra details will be useful to get you the best advice.


Good luck.:-)

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Make another application for hardship payments

They can deny these in the first 2 weeks of a sanction unless you have children or are disabled, are a carer or pregnant.


After the first two weeks of a sanction you should qualify if you can show hardship. They should look at



  • Whether you have other resources?
  • Whether there is a substantial risk that essential items such as food, clothing, heating and accommodation will stop being available to you or will be reduced.

So provide evidence of your debts, bills etc.


Also are you still in receipt of Housing Benefit/Council tax benefit - this should still be paid but may not be in payment if you claimed it expecting to get JSA and they don't have proof of your actual (nil) income. You may have to prove to the council the income you have had or how you have managed to survive (eg letter from mum who has given you £15 a week, evidence from your bank statements that you have lived off and now exhausted your last wages...)


Hardship payments are paid at 60% of the rate of normal JSA.


With sanctions you can appeal both against the sanction - eg if it was imposed because you left your job "voluntarily" and you dispute this or against the length of a sanction as being too long on the facts of your case, or both.


Either post more about the sanction here for people to advise if you stand a chance of appealing or go to your CAB for advice.


I would advise anyone in your situtation both to apply for hardship payments AND try to appeal the sanction as well as making sure that the housing benefit and council tax benefit is being paid throughout the sanction period.


You may be out of time now for appealing the sanction, but could try to get the appeal accepted out of time if there is a good reason for the delay.


You may also need help to deal with your priority debts...

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You don't have to do an I & E sheet for the council as they will already know you are on jsa. Ask them for the lowest amount you have to pay by law - it is between £3.30 - £4.00 - I should know the figure accurrately but have forgotten. Hope this helps.

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