The Cancer Sanction

  This is disgusting!   Just been made aware that the DWP have sanctioned someone for missing a JSA appointment due to having treatment for cancer! A letter from a desperate mother: Trish Lewis Walton My son was diagnosed with testicular cancer on 28th nov so he couldn’t go for an jobseekers appointment on 4th dec. [...]
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Apply for Housing Benefit Properly

One of the main problems that people that I speak to face when having been sanctioned is that they soon find that housing benefit is also stopped and this causes stress and debt that can easily be avoided!. Hosing benefit ( like several other benefits) is PASSPORTED, this means that if you are in receipt [...]
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Increased Waiting Days

As part of his recent budget speach the Chancellor announced that he was going to increase the number of waiting days when claiming JSA from the present 3 to 7, meaning that claims are only payable after the 8th day for those who have not recenlty made a claim to state benefits ( if you [...]
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STBA Appeals: Know Your Rights.

This week has been a very busy week for the DWP in terms of refusing Short Term Benefit Advances according to the number of requests that we have seen for help, so now is a good time to dig through the legislation and share the process that you must follow to get your negative STBA [...]
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STBA Victory for ESA Customers

Before the recent welfare reforms came into effect people who had been found fit for work and who had been told that they no longer qualify for ESA were told to either claim JSA or appeal the decision (this takes up to 18 months) and were advised that they can be paid the base rate [...]
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10 Tips on how to get your Benefits more quickly

In the UK the process for claiming state Benefits including Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support Pension Credit and Employment and Support Allowance can take anywhere from 10 days to 2 months depending on the benefit claimed and your personal circumstances, however you can speed up the claim process by following 10 basic rules. Understanding the claim [...]
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Keeping it Hush?

Keeping Hush? We find it interesting that the DWP have not widely publicised the existence of additional help that people making new claims may be entitled to. Before the recent welfare reforms came into effect on 1/4/13 that saw the end of Crisis Loans, customers who were waiting for a new claim to benefits to [...]
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Welfare reform-Armed Forces

How Does this effect you? From 8 April we will start to make the first Armed Forces Independence Payments to eligible service and ex-service personnel. Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP) has been designed to provide financial support to service personnel and veterans seriously injured as a result of service, to cover the extra costs they [...]
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