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    • Okay, it's turning out better than I expected. We can go over a resume of the situation when you get it back and see what you think might be outstanding and if you want to do anything about any of it.
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    • as long as returning the car doesn't cost you ...yes. however you are not compelled to do so out of your own pocket. you simply write, if you need too, stating the car is ready for collection at anytime but please advise me first.   but of course, be a wee bit smart here, until/unless the judgement is actually satisfied, it goes nowhere! dx  
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      Your response is that you should treat it as a hobby.  I have numerous files of correspondence each faithfully organised showing the various letters from different DCA;s , solicitors etc with a mix of threats, inducements and offers.   It is like my stamp collection and I show it to anyone who is interested!
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I have just set myself up in self employment having been on income support and then subsequently jsa for several year now as a single parent. I have just received a letter from DWP stating that I have not qualified for a run on! I was told that I would be entitled to this and a £250 back to work grant. I don't understand why I can't have it and am very worried now, can anyone help please?

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Hi, Can you appeal. I know the run will phase out at the end of this month. Have you been sanctioned at all during your JSA claim, as an interrupted claim can exclude you from the run on and back to work grant.

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No I haven't been sanctioned at all or had any break in benefit payments in all the while that I claimed, which is a lot longer than 26 weeks which I understood to be the criteria. I don't know what to do about it...Should I go to the job centre and ask them what to do?

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I would ring the office who sent the letter, and explain what you were told and can they explain why they have now made this decision. If its not an error then ask if you can appeal the decision. These are just my thoughts on it and what I would do in your position. Any benefits advisors may come on and be able to shed further light on it. I would ring first thing Monday and keep ringing until I got through.

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I have just set myself up in self employment having been on income support and then subsequently jsa for several year now as a single parent. I have just received a letter from DWP stating that I have not qualified for a run on! I was told that I would be entitled to this and a £250 back to work grant. I don't understand why I can't have it and am very worried now, can anyone help please?

 


 

This happen to me too got a letter saying I'm not getting it but I phoned up and asked why . If was a mistake and got the money 3 days later . Give them a ring on Monday

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O.K, thanks I will ring the number on the letter then. I really hate the fact that these sort of letters always seem to arrive on weekends when you can't do a thing about it except for worry. :-(

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