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    (Original post by matureunihater)
    if you are paying rent and council tax, you might aswell claim LHA (local housing allowance) and council tax benefit from the council,

    you don't have to queue, you are not forced to call into the job centre fortnightly,

    LHA has been used by Labour to get people off the dole and reduce the unemployment numbers, cos if you claim LHA and JSA your LHA will be reduced, so which would you go for if you didn't want hassle? LHA obviously
    Well its a seperate body which aids ppl who struggle with rent and job centre and specialise in finding people jobs and careers advice as opposed to housing. Unemployment figures would include all who are not working, the jsa figures are not used alone.
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    Do you know if they backdate payments...i officially left education in June and having been looking for a job since....
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    (Original post by star888)
    Do you know if they backdate payments...i officially left education in June and having been looking for a job since....
    I believe they backdate payments to the date you claimed from (if there was a delay in processing your application for instance) but doubt they'd backdate it for months if you hadn't bothered to claim.
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    (Original post by SmilerNuts)
    I believe they backdate payments to the date you claimed from (if there was a delay in processing your application for instance) but doubt they'd backdate it for months if you hadn't bothered to claim.
    This is correct.
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    Thats aload of ***** then!! :|
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    But why do they not make that info more openly available then....see i had no idea you could even apply. Its not about laziness, I have been lookin for a job but had i known i was eligible to apply for JSA, it would have really made the last few weeks a happier and easier experience! Course I would rather have a job anyday but if im entitled to any money from this godforsaken government which continues to squeeze money out of us at ever opportunity then.......WHY SHOULD I REFRAIN ?
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    well u get £40p/w so its no incentive not to work, but they do make the information avaiable, as soon as u go onto the jobseeker site u are told about JSA, what more do u want them to do, come and find u asking if u want to claim? and knowing about the "dole" is something most ppl know.
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    In comparison to something like let see.. hmmm......'TV LICENCE' where they bang on about it on national tv, id say its pretty much kept under wraps..
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    (Original post by star888)
    In comparison to something like let see.. hmmm......'TV LICENCE' where they bang on about it on national tv, id say its pretty much kept under wraps..
    Surely that's because 99% of people will need a tv licence whereas only a couple of percent will need JSA so there's no point wasting money advertising it all the time. It's pretty well known. If you were in doubt then going to your local job centre and asking for advice would have been the best idea.
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    (Original post by SmilerNuts)
    Surely that's because 99% of people will need a tv licence whereas only a couple of percent will need JSA so there's no point wasting money advertising it all the time.
    :yep: thats coz its them having to give money out rather than collect it.......
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    (Original post by star888)
    :yep: thats coz its them having to give money out rather than collect it.......
    Well yeah, there is that too... :p:
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    Also dont forget u can work 16hrs p/w without it effecting ur jsa payment.
    Really? I've been wondering about this, because while I do have a job, the hours are crazy - one week, I'll be doing 8 hours, the next, I'll be doing 20. Usually it's around 13-15 though, which is not enough for me to live on, since it pays minimum wage. I thought you had to be totally unemployed for JSA, and I couldn't find anything anywhere on the site which told me otherwise.
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    Nope, it is 16 hours.

    I actually have an interview with the nice people at the job centre tomorrow. I've been waiting for my job to start for a month now () and my mum suggested I sign up in the mean time. I think it is possible to back date it but you need a quite convincing reason why you didnt apply sooner.
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    they will back date for 2 weeks, with good reason, thats what they told me when I tried to apply,

    with regards to the Govn not making citizens aware of JSA this is fairly typical of Labour, take for instance the child/family tax credits, Brown loved to say on budget day how much he was giving away, but only a fraction of those entitled actually claim, so only a portion of what he said he was giving away was actually given away,
 
 
 
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