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Claiming Benefits While Unemployed

14 May 2019 - Posted by TalkAboutDebt

If you are unemployed, you should claim benefits to help pay your bills and other essential expenses. This article answers some common questions relating to unemployment and benefits.

 

Can I claim Universal Credit?

 

If you are not currently enrolled on a higher education course and you are available for work you will be able to claim unemployment benefit if you meet all the eligibility criteria. You would either claim Jobseekers Allowance and Housing Benefit or Universal Credit, depending on whether your local Job Centre is accepting Universal Credit claims yet. In view of your living arrangements, you might find it difficult to claim either Housing Benefit or housing costs as part of Universal Credit. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will want to see that you are renting on a commercial basis to award benefit.

 

Is it a criminal offence to claim benefits after quitting my job?

 

It is not a criminal offence to give up your job and to claim benefits, such as Housing Benefit. Please seek further free advice if you want guidance regarding your likely benefit entitlement. I would suggest you also check with the DWP if you intend to claim any unemployment benefits as your entitlement may depend upon your reasons for leaving employment.

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