JSA Legacy Claimants Applying For Universal Credit Additional Payment

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

It has been suggested by the DWP, that claimants in receipt of the‘old-style’ legacy benefit Jobseeker’s Allowance, are able to apply for an additional Universal Credit top-up payment, due to the Coronavirus crisis. The same payment of course, that has already been made to Universal Credit claimants, of some £20 extra per week.

However, there remains a degree of ambiguity as to the exact status of a JSA claimant, in this situation. As it has not been previously possible, to make a simultaneous claim for Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit at the same time.

I therefore request full details of the information, guidance and operational policy regarding a legacy JSA claimant who has applied for this additional Universal Credit payment. In particular, I would like to know if such a claimant would still continue to claim Jobseeker’s Allowance with their original Claimant Commitment, and under the terms of the Jobseeker’s Allowance Act ? Or would they be treated as having transferred de facto to Universal Credit, on application for the top-up payment, and therefore be subject to the new conditions and terms of that benefit ?

Yours faithfully,
Jeff Smith

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Frank Zola left an annotation ()

Income based 'legacy' JSA would probably end when making a new UC claim. For those eligible to claim 'new style' JSA based upon national insurance contributions, they can make a joint JSA and UC claim.

Not sure whether a JSA or UC CC regime would be used.

As claiming UC can end many 'legacy' benefits, would advise people to use a Better Off Benefit Calculator like:

Welcome to the Benefit and budgeting calculator by Policy in Practice.

Using this calculator, you can:

Find out which welfare benefits you could receive
Know how your income will change with Universal Credit
Compare your income under the legacy system and Universal Credit
See how much income will be left after paying your housing costs
https://www.betteroffcalculator.co.uk/free

and checking out advicelocal.uk + https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-... before deciding on a course of action.

DWP Central FOI Team,

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Dear Jeff Smith,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 1st
May.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team