Backdating jobseekers allowance
Being sanctioned is a frustrating process, but there are places you can go for help: Remember to tell your benefits advisor if your circumstances change, for example, if you get a pay rise, new job or get married.If you don’t you could face a £50 fine, as well as having to pay back any extra benefit.If you leave a job voluntarily, get sacked for bad behaviour or refuse to take part in the Mandatory Work Activity Scheme, you’ll get sanctioned for 13 weeks for a first offence.A second offence carries a 26-week sanction; a further one within a year means you’ll be sanctioned for three years. See this page for further information on the length of sanctions.The person you’re caring for has to have substantial needs – this usually means that they wouldn’t be able to manage everyday tasks without your help. If you live in Scotland, you may also be able to get Carer's Allowance Supplement.To get Carer's Allowance, the person you care for must be claiming one or more of these benefits: has information about who is subject to immigration control.Money for Life work in partnership with the Money Advice Service, an independent organisation set up by government.
If the person you care for gets the severe disability premium included in a means-tested benefit (such as income-related Employment and Support Allowance), this may stop if you claim Carer’s Allowance.
If you or your family don’t have enough money for essentials, such as food, heating or medical supplies without your JSA, you should be able to get a hardship payment.
This is a reduced level of JSA to cover the basics while you’re waiting for your JSA to start up again.
You don’t have to be related to, or live with, the person you’re caring for.
You can get Carer’s Allowance even if you’ve never worked or if you’re disabled yourself and need care.
For example, if you tried to get the bus to the Jobcentre and it didn’t show, then you shouldn’t be sanctioned for being late to an appointment.