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I am currently receiving JSA. My area has been converted to Universal Credit.


If I start a new job that could potentially engage me 30 hours a week, under the old rules I would have claimed Tax Credits and signed off JSA.


I am confused about the new rules.


I understand that with UC you can still claim if you work less than 40 hours a week at minimum wage.


Therefore I am not sure whether I should sign off or simply declare a change in circumstances.


Then I am not sure if it's up to me to claim tax Credits or this should be computed into the new Universal Credit.


The official working on Gov.uk is:


You can claim Universal Credit instead of:


  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Housing Benefit
  • Working Tax Credit



So I am not sure if this is up to me or up to the DWP or the HMRC.


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  • 2 months later...
So I am not sure if this is up to me or up to the DWP or the HMRC.


As you are currently on JSA, the claim would be closed as soon as you started working for more than 16 hours a week. If you wanted the claim WTC and HB under UC, it would be up to you to put the claim in. HMRC and DWP will not do it for you.





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Once you're working try and put in a claim for tax credits - they'll soon tell you if you need to claim UC.


declaring a change of circs for jsa won't put you on uc, it's a different benefit. The JSA claim will be closed.

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