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JBW1366 | 13:26 Thu 26th Jul 2018 | Business & Finance
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Hi, after some help - as we've never claimed benefits before.

We've moved to another area of the country consequently my wife had to leave her job in April as she couldn't travel, and it wasn't worth her travelling 50 miles each way (and she can't drive).. So we are online trying to apply for some job seekers / universal credit - but we are unsure what to do, we have settled into the new area now and have decided now to claim.
I'm still travelling the distance to work, via a car but I work part time around 20 hours a week.
its stating that I have to apply for the universal credit as well - Is that right?
Its asking if we have any savings my wife has under £3000, but I have more as I have some money left to me, do I have to mention it?
Will all this universal credit thing affect our taxes etc? Do I need to Claim also even though I'm working? is she entitled as she left her previous job of her own accord just over three months ago.

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My understanding of the rules relating to Universal Credit (as far as unemployment is concerned) is that the main provisions of the rules which related to Job Seekers' Allowance still apply. That means that an adult who is unemployed, with a full National Insurance record over recent years and who is genuinely seeking work (and prepared to go through all of...
16:38 Thu 26th Jul 2018
https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit/eligibility

The answer to all your questions is available here, declare all your savings if you don't you will be found out.
My understanding of the rules relating to Universal Credit (as far as unemployment is concerned) is that the main provisions of the rules which related to Job Seekers' Allowance still apply.

That means that an adult who is unemployed, with a full National Insurance record over recent years and who is genuinely seeking work (and prepared to go through all of the relevant hoops, such as regular attendance at a JobCentre) is entitled to receive £73.10 per week (assuming that they're at least 25 years of age and that their partner isn't also claiming) for up to 6 months. That entitlement is NOT means tested.

However, when applying for the benefit, you still get asked about your means in case the 6 month period expires. At that stage an unemployed person who is living with a spouse or partner often loses all of their benefit (or, at least, most of it) because means testing then comes into effect, with the partner's income being taken into account, as well as the savings of both the claimant and their partner.

When a person voluntarily leaves their job there's a buffer period before they can start claiming benefit.

One important change that has come about with the transition from JSA to UB is that, while JSA counted as taxable income, UB does not.

The calculators here might well help:
https://www.gov.uk/benefits-calculators

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