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Hi, My partner and I are on JSA and looking for full time work due to a redudancey.


We get £102 per week JSA and £115.38 Housing Benefit


My partner has been forced to apply for a part time Job 26 hours per week at £5.75 per hour


We have worked out that if she does the job we will be £44.91 per week worse off and wont be able to make ends meet.


Can the job centre force you to work part time and more important, take a job where you will be worse off?

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I am not expert but how old is your partner? If she is over 21 you are ment to be getting £5.93 per hour. As stated on the direct.gov website. 18-20 year olds £4.92 which does not seem to be your partner but I don't know.




This should be enough in my view will be a justifiable reason to refuse the job if your partner is indeed 21 and over.

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Greer is absolutely correct. The national minimum wage is £5.93 per hour for your partner, if the job is below national minimum wage, you automatically have "good cause" for refusal if the refusal is on that basis.


However the rates have only just changed (1st October). So you might want to check that out first before you make the refusal on that basis. If the job was advertised at £5.75 per hour before the change, then make enquiries to see if the wage has increased since 1st October. If it hasn't, or it has but they won't pay more than £5.93 per hour, it's below NMW for a 24 year old and she can (and should) refuse the employment.


If the job pays national minimum wage, this takes your household income to £154.18 before tax, (£143.33 after tax) so if the JSA is income based, you will no longer be able to claim it if she accepts the job. You should however still qualify for some housing benefit and council tax benefit.


If the job is national minimum wage or above and there are no other reasons for refusing it other than what you've stated, and she refuses to apply for it, or is offered the job and turns it down, your JSA claim would be liable to a sanction. This is where they stop payment of the JSA for a period of anything from 2 weeks to 26 weeks. It is a risk to take, and the sanctions do happen as a few forum members have found - sometimes even where they do not appear justified in sanctioning.

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Total Benefit Income


JSA £102.75

Housing Benefit £115.38

Council Tax Benefit £16.83


Total Weekly Benefit: £236.96


-- If Working 26 Hours --

Net Take Home Pay £143.33

Housing Benefit £95.39

Council Tax: £10.63


Total Gross Weekly Income: £249.35


Short Fall in Rent: -£19.99

Short Fall in Council Tax: -£11.31


Total Net weekly Income: £218.05


--------- Difference between working 26 Hours – and Claiming JSA --------------



Not forgetting the extra money needed for Bus Fairs for my partner £11 per week + £3 per day for lunch at work.


Travel and Lunch £26.00


Total Worse Off £44.91 per week


Have i made a mistake or does this look all ok?


my partner has now got a interview with the Chartity Shop "Future Jobs Fund" on 16th October at 3pm.


The job centre told me today (Via recorded telephone call) that she has to attend the interfiew, and ask the employer for more hours, if they cant, then refuse the job offer.


The Job centre would then send out a letter asking why my partner had refused the job and then be sent to a dicision maker, if they dont agree then our benefit would be stopped or reduced.

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