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Does anyone know if the job centre are supposed to inform the council when you sign off?

 

They do when you sign on so surely the opposite applies?

 

Everytime ive signed off the job centre have informed the council. but this time they havnt which of course is my fault!!

 

everyother time ive bene in each week with payslips but they always get confused. So this time ive waited and brought them all in one go.

 

last time it took 3 months to sort out , 27 letters and many many many visits.

 

sometimes i wonder if its even worth working...:mad:

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When you close your claim to JSA the system usually notifies the council that entitlement to benefit has ceased but you should always notifiy housing benefit yourself as its a change of circumstances to your claim to housing benefit and it is down to you to make sure the council know about any changes that may effect your HB

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well he insisted it had nothing to do with the job centre. Ive done it before were ive gone in straight away with a payslip only to recieve a letter telling me i have 7 days to provide another 4 (apparantly i can travel in time) . so this time ive waited until i hav them all. I said to to him wel seeing as i signed off on the day i got my housing benefit through technically the payemnt i just got is correct because its paid 4 weeks in arrears! i have the same argument everytime....the always convieneintly forget the 4 weeks in arrears...

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so ive had my letter back today witht he amount of benefits i will be getting. I worked out i have been overpaid from ladt times payment by a week (£55) . Yet on the letter they have worked out £176.64. This is completly wrong. I have the same argument with them every time i sign off, its paid for weeks in arrears..They also seem to think they have over paid my council tax by £304.76 ???????? Id love to know were they get there figures from. They are giving me £10.84 housing benefit a week and 90p council tax:mad:. I used to work 22 hours per week and got just under 35 a week housing benefit. I am know doing around the same give or take a few hours each week so id love to know how theyve worked this out. What next? appeal?complain? not that either will work..

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ps the online calculator says i should get £25.39 housing benefit and £3.15 council tax

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My brother signed off as he had found a tempory job.

He was working for 3 months paying off various debts. Then he went to his council rent office and said. "I know I am 3 months in arrears can you give me the total figure as I want to settle the amount" He was told he didn't owe anything as it was all up to date. His rent previously was paid by housing benefit directly. He assumed it had stopped when he signed off but it didn't.

The council said they would look into it and get back to him.

 

The next week he received a letter accusing him of benefit fraud. He had to attend a meeting under caution He explained the situation and was told it was up to him to inform them that he no longer required housing benefit and was told the fraud would stand and to pay the 3 months back.

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The whole thing just makes no sense to me. When you sign on, the Job Centre inform the council. So i dont understand why the referse isnt happening AND why has it been done every other time ive signed off:confused:

 

I should of kept my mouth shut but im being punished now for being honest and having the cheek to work!!!

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You claim JSA from DWP and sign on at a jobcentre. You claim housing benefit and council tax benefit from the local authority, which is a seperate entity. The staff within DWP can inform the council that you are no longer receiving JSA but it is not their responsibility to tell them, as they are not the claimant. The onus is on the claimant to inform of a change of circumstances.


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You claim JSA from DWP and sign on at a jobcentre. You claim housing benefit and council tax benefit from the local authority, which is a seperate entity. The staff within DWP can inform the council that you are no longer receiving JSA but it is not their responsibility to tell them, as they are not the claimant. The onus is on the claimant to inform of a change of circumstances.

 

 

Why are the claiments not told this when they sign off?:confused:

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I've been temping and doing rapid reclaims. When I sign off JC ask if I want to continue HB claim to see if I'll still get help. If I say yes, they seem to tell Housing Benefit. If I say No, then I don't think they do.

 

Housing Benefit say I've been overpaid. They're currently getting my earnings from agency. I think they said they're going to average it out over a 5 week period to see if I was entitled to benefit or not on the weeks I didn't work. Doesn't sound like I'm automatically entitled to Housing Benefit on the weeks I got JSA, but not 100% sure yet.

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Why are the claiments not told this when they sign off?:confused:

 

I couldn't say, I would assume because the jobcentre staff are not trained in the administration of council benefits and possibly assume that their information would cancel the claim. They possibly don't know that the claimant has to inform the council, but the claimant should know this in any case, as it is a condition of receiving the benefit that the claimant reports any change in circumstances.

 

The DWP will inform the council at some point if they are aware the JSA claimant was receiving HB/CTB but the onus is on the claimant to inform the council of any change of circumstances. They agree to inform the council of any changes of circumstances as and when they happen, not the jobcentre.

 

When I cancel a direct debit at the bank, I also cancel the service with the company the direct debit was for. They won't be able to get their hands on my cash as the bank won't issue the payment and will tell them the direct debit has been cancelled, but that wouldn't stop the company biling me for the service if I haven't cancelled it.


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This makes no sense to me! When i sign on the Job Centre inform the Council. So why doesnt the reverse apply. Imagine how many people are claiming more HB than they should. PLUS every other ime ive signed off the Job Centre have informed them. So wh is it different this time. I didnt tell them straight away because they get confused, cock up my claim which last time resulted in me getting sacked and very nearly evicted. But anyway like i said before ive used there OWN online calculator using there own figures and i should be getting more!!

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When you received your decision notice from the council, it would have informed you of your duty to notify any change of circumstances which might affect your entitlement to, or the amount of housing benefit, and to notify changes of circumstances, and the kind of change of circumstances which should be notified.


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The DWP computer does usually send an end of entitlement notification to the L.A system but this may on occasion not occur or be picked up by the L.A for some reason

 

Its up to the customer to make sure that the L.A is notified that benefit has ended.

If benefit has ended then that means Housing Benefit has ended or needs reassessing

due to the change in circumstance for what ever reason

 

and it quite clearly states on the housing benefit application form that its up to the applicant to report any changes that may effect entitlement to housing benefit to the council themselves

 

Erika got in first :)

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I never saw a housing benefit claim form - JC did it for me with my Jobseekers claim, so assume lots of people never see the form so don't know they are supposed to tell Council themselves. It does seem like there is a gap in the system here.

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Section 88 of the housing benefit regulations.


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Right sorry, Decision Notice, we all get those. We just read the bit where it says how much we have to pay!

 

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yep it does state on all letters at the bottom in big letters to inform them BUT like i said people could easily just say nothing and get the full award. As always the system doesnt benefit the honest!

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If you look out a copy of your decision notice, there should be a bit on there about your obligation to inform them. If not, there should be, in accordance with Schedule 9 part 2 of the regs (for JSA(IB) or IS claimants)


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The DWP computer does usually send an end of entitlement notification to the L.A system but this may on occasion not occur or be picked up by the L.A for some reason

 

Its up to the customer to make sure that the L.A is notified that benefit has ended.

If benefit has ended then that means Housing Benefit has ended or needs reassessing

due to the change in circumstance for what ever reason

 

and it quite clearly states on the housing benefit application form that its up to the applicant to report any changes that may effect entitlement to housing benefit to the council themselves

 

Erika got in first :)

 

EXACTLY my point is somebody isnt doing there job properly as usual. The bloke i spoke to in the council insisted the Job Centre dont do it. Yet he couldnt explain why they had every other time!

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I've done lots of Rapid Reclaims and they always ask, whether you're signing on or off, about Housing Benefit & C Tax. This does lead you to believe that they will tell the Council, or why bother asking the question?

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oh an di just checked. Last time i signed off and went into the council straight away to inform them. In total i have 36 letters full of mistakes!!! so i tell them straight away and they make mistakes. i tell them late and they still make mistakes. So what can i do? either way im jiggered!!!

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I've done lots of Rapid Reclaims and they always ask, whether you're signing on or off, about Housing Benefit & C Tax. This does lead you to believe that they will tell the Council, or why bother asking the question?

 

EXACTLY:cool:

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I never saw a housing benefit claim form - JC did it for me with my Jobseekers claim, so assume lots of people never see the form so don't know they are supposed to tell Council themselves. It does seem like there is a gap in the system here.

 

Ive seen the form, once! This was when the JC didnt send it off and yet again it took months to sort out!

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My JC do seem to have always told Council where I am up to. My overpayment was only for 2 weeks and comes from where they didn't keep up with me as their systems are quite slow. I sent them a letter telling them dates I had and hadn't worked so they're going to sort it out now by writing to agency and then averaging wages out from what I can tell.

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