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    Hey, I've been meaning to signing to income based JSA. I haven't worked in 3 years (was in college for 2 and been looking for 1). The thing I'm worried about signing on is that it may look like I've been working for some of it.

    I sold a lot of my stuff on Ebay, about £3000 worth and there are a lot transactions going in and out my bank. Do I need to bring statements along? and if so what do I say to them about it?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated
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    Hey, I've been meaning to signing to income based JSA. I haven't worked in 3 years (was in college for 2 and been looking for 1). The thing I'm worried about signing on is that it may look like I've been working for some of it.

    I sold a lot of my stuff on Ebay, about £3000 worth and there are a lot transactions going in and out my bank. Do I need to bring statements along? and if so what do I say to them about it?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated
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    Good luck with going through the JSA ordeal!

    The staff in the Jobcentre (JC) treat everyone with contempt. They're on targets to sanction as many people as possible.
    What's a sanction you might ask? A sanction is a 100% removal of your JSA benefit from between 3 months to 3 years as a punishment! Sanctions are fixed and can not be removed if you fix a mistake you made or improve your job search.

    A sanction can be imposed for being only a few mins late to sign on or a JC appointment!

    1) No bank balance details are needed other than your account number and sort code for paying your JSA.
    2) Details of your college or university to confirm your course is over.

    Here is the timescale of what they do:
    -After 3 months you will be required to do a course of some sort, it could be doing CVs and that will take up several full days each week for a period of 6-12 weeks.

    -In some areas after 6 weeks you maybe required to sign on weekly.

    -After 12 months you will be placed on the work program
    -At any time during your JSA claim they could ask you to do Mandatory Work Activity (Workfare) That's 4 weeks working full time (40 hrs a week) for your JSA benefit, you have no choice in the type of work or the place. Failure to comply means a 6 month fixed sanction.

    How to avoid these courses and workfare.
    Do your own voluntary work maybe in a library or something, because they can't ask you to give that up for workfare or anything other than a real full time job offer.

    Do a part-time study course during the day for less than 15 hrs. They can't ask you to interrupt that for anything other than a full time job offer.

    Do part time work. You will lose some JSA but at least it keeps you away from Workfare.
    Consider self employment such as gardening, car washing etc. You must declare and earnings.

    Get a job working from home such as online teaching.

    Good luck!
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    (Original post by dkelly789)
    Hey, I've been meaning to signing to income based JSA. I haven't worked in 3 years (was in college for 2 and been looking for 1). The thing I'm worried about signing on is that it may look like I've been working for some of it.

    I sold a lot of my stuff on Ebay, about £3000 worth and there are a lot transactions going in and out my bank. Do I need to bring statements along? and if so what do I say to them about it?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated
    Thank you
    I believe you have to make make declarations about your income and savings. They will only challenge you if they believe theres some sort of fraud going on. I think allowable savings are from 6-16k.. You will have the ebay transactions to back it up anyway.

    Dont worry about all the hysteria in the previous post. If you are eligible then claim.
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    They only ask to see bank statements if you have savings over £5.5k.
 
 
 
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