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    I finish college on June 21st.

    I've just lost my job, so I have applied for ALG to cover me while out of work. I'll be going to university in September. Does going to university mean I would not be able to apply for JSA from June 22nd through to September?

    I would of course be actively seeking a job, but I've just lost my own job because my employer found out I was leaving in October so I would find it almost impossible to get work over the summer unless I lied to an employer about going to university and then suddenly handed my notice in at the start of September, which wouldn't get me a great reference...

    It does seem to me like some kind of benefit fraud, even though I would actively be seeking full time employment for almost 3 months. I'm going to assume that the DWP would be able to access UCAS records and the like to see what I was doing after college.

    Any experiences with this? I know I'm not the first person to have thought of this so hopefully someone on here will be able to tell me what the crack is.

    tl;dr - finish college in june, going to york at the end of september, can i get JSA between june and sept?
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    (Original post by ilickbatteries)
    I finish college on June 21st.

    I've just lost my job, so I have applied for ALG to cover me while out of work. I'll be going to university in September. Does going to university mean I would not be able to apply for JSA from June 22nd through to September?

    I would of course be actively seeking a job, but I've just lost my own job because my employer found out I was leaving in October so I would find it almost impossible to get work over the summer unless I lied to an employer about going to university and then suddenly handed my notice in at the start of September, which wouldn't get me a great reference...

    It does seem to me like some kind of benefit fraud, even though I would actively be seeking full time employment for almost 3 months. I'm going to assume that the DWP would be able to access UCAS records and the like to see what I was doing after college.

    Any experiences with this? I know I'm not the first person to have thought of this so hopefully someone on here will be able to tell me what the crack is.

    tl;dr - finish college in june, going to york at the end of september, can i get JSA between june and sept?
    The only thing that would stop you claiming is if your parents are still receiving child benefits for you. If they are you can't claim. If they aren't, then feel free to make a claim. As long as you're looking for work then the Jobcentre won't really care too much about you going to uni.

    The DWP can't access UCAS records as far as I'm aware, they'd have no reason to.
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    (Original post by gateshipone)
    The only thing that would stop you claiming is if your parents are still receiving child benefits for you. If they are you can't claim. If they aren't, then feel free to make a claim. As long as you're looking for work then the Jobcentre won't really care too much about you going to uni.

    The DWP can't access UCAS records as far as I'm aware, they'd have no reason to.
    I'm 20, I think the child benefits stopped when I turned 20, but I'm not sure.
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    (Original post by ilickbatteries)
    I'm 20, I think the child benefits stopped when I turned 20, but I'm not sure.
    They probably have finished, you should be fine to claim then
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    Has been asked a few times, both here and elsewhere online, in the past. As far as we can tell, there's no rule which prevents it. Generally, I'd only do it if you are actually seeking a job though, as it is a bit annoying for taxpayers when people are claiming but aren't actually looking for a job.
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    (Original post by DarkWhite)
    Has been asked a few times, both here and elsewhere online, in the past. As far as we can tell, there's no rule which prevents it. Generally, I'd only do it if you are actually seeking a job though, as it is a bit annoying for taxpayers when people are claiming but aren't actually looking for a job.
    I'll be actively seeking a job, I'll be skint for 3 months

    After losing my job and being moved onto a nil-hour contract (with no prospect of shifts going until July at the earliest) I'll need something. Just the whole only being able to work for a limited amount of time thing will be a bit of a sickener.

    I lost my job for telling my employer I'm going to uni so I won't be making the same mistake...
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    (Original post by ilickbatteries)
    I'll be actively seeking a job, I'll be skint for 3 months

    After losing my job and being moved onto a nil-hour contract (with no prospect of shifts going until July at the earliest) I'll need something. Just the whole only being able to work for a limited amount of time thing will be a bit of a sickener.

    I lost my job for telling my employer I'm going to uni so I won't be making the same mistake...
    Have you thought about a temping/recruitment agency? I knoew friends and family who have had plenty of work through these if you don't mind general admin work. They typically require you to sit a typing test and a couple of medical screenings - eyesight and hearing.
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    (Original post by DarkWhite)
    Have you thought about a temping/recruitment agency? I knoew friends and family who have had plenty of work through these if you don't mind general admin work. They typically require you to sit a typing test and a couple of medical screenings - eyesight and hearing.
    I can type about 85wpm but I am shortsighted. I'll give one ago...
 
 
 
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