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Hi, I'm a single mum with two dependent teenagers, Been on JSA for the last 6 months, get CTC, full housing benifit and council tax benifit,

Had my first job interview today after applying for as many jobs as I can but never getting as far as an interview,

The job is for 20 hours on minimum wage but it is looking hopefull, interview went really well and the lady rang me a few hours later as she said if I scored enough points she would ring as I needed to check bus times as I would be doing some early shifts and wasnt sure what time the buses in my area started,

I am quietly confident although I know there is a chance I wont get it, really wanna get of JSA but not sure what happens if I do get offered the job,

I think I will be entitled to some WTC but what from what ive read on varias forums this can take some time to come through, Will my JSA be stopped immediatly and will I still get CTC?

I know I will prob have to pay something towards my rent and Council tax but will that get stopped straight away,

I so wanna get this job but am scared of getting into debt whilst things are sorted and I get my first pay, (assuming I get it which I know i might not)

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Yes you will be intitled to child tax credits and in your situation they will work it through quickly. They will also give you an interim payment so you dont go hungry etc. Im not sure about JSA as i have no knowledge in this area, someone who knows about this will be along soon. Your working tax credits and child tax credits will increase and if you live in a council property you will be able to apply for a reduction in rent. Hope this helps. Well done, i hope you get this job it sounds promising x

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Your JSA will stop the day you start work, but since it's paid in arrears, there may be some money owing to you for the period between your last signing on date and the end of your claim. If you've been continuously claiming for 26 weeks prior to that date, you may be entitled to a Job Grant which, for a lone parent, could be £250. Ask your Jobcentre/BDC about this if and when you sign off.

 

Housing Benefit/LHA and Council Tax Benefit can, in some circumstances, be extended for four weeks after you start work. They are also still available, on a means-tested basis, to people who are working but on low incomes. You should speak to your council benefits section about this.

 

Obviously, everyone's circumstances are different, so I can't say for sure what you might be entitled to. But these are things worth investigating.


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Hi Jules,

Everything antone and jellycubes say up there ^^^^! If you've been claiming for 6 months without a break in your claim then you should be automatically entitled to the HB/CTC run on and also the Job Grant - there's no need to claim as they should be paid automatically but there's nno harm in chasing them up as a little "reminder".

 

Also as a lone parent, you may also be eligible for "In-Work Credit" I think it's called - you should contact your Jobcentre and ask to see a Lone Parent adviser who should be able to tell you more about this (even though you're on JSA you can still request an appointment with a specialist adviser) - you can also ask for a "better off calculation" which gives you an estimate of what you may be entitled too and how much better off you'll be each week.

 

Good luck! :D

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Don't think this will be a prob anymore as unlikly to get job as apparently have unsufficient ID although at interview yesterday original half BC and out of date passport seemed ok to area manager, got phone call from personell today and she is concerned and waiting for ok from head office, carry on signing on I suppose,

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