Help with universal credit sanctions- anyone who can advise!

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    Ginger1002
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    Hi,

    I have been receiving universal credit for a couple of months (basic, housing benefit and 4 children) and I started a new job yesterday as a Carer (never done it before) and I really don’t like it and want to look for something else. My question is if I were to resign, would I lose all of my benefits and for how long? I want to work but not doing something I really don’t like. However, as a single parent, I wouldn’t be able to live without the universal credit payment so just trying to work out what to do.

    Any advice?

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    Kathymumofone
    Participant

    I think if you have a job and you choose to leave and make yourself unemployed, your benefits get reduced for a while. But I’m no expert. Have you checked the UC guidance on-line?

    it’s only been one day, it might get better once you know a few people. Or you could look for a different job while you’re working, so you could swap from one to the other without a gap.

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    SOLOMUMMY
    Participant

    If your youngest child is over three then yes you’d be sanctioned. And it could be for thirty weeks!

    If over three, then your options are:

    finf another job asap

    fail your probation so they sack you – but again it cannot be intentional eg you not turning up more that you’re not meeting the prerequisite of the role.

    #26009 Report

    Ginger1002
    Participant

    Thanks. Do you know if I lose all of my benefits (all 3 parts of it or is it just a portion).

    #26034 Report

    SOLOMUMMY
    Participant

     

    Benefits Aware says it’s 100 per cent of the standard Universal Credit Allowance for a single person.

    More specific to you (so it’s 3 months sanction).

    In a higher level sanction, claimants will be sanctioned for 91 days for their first higher level sanction in any 364 day period.

    If it’s a second higher level sanction, then this will last 182 days, or 1095 if it’s their third.

    A higher level sanction may apply if a claimant:

    >Leaves work or reduces their hours of work, whether voluntarily or due to ‘misconduct’ (while claiming Universal Credit or just before their claim)

    #26060 Report

    Hi Ginger1002

    Its good to see you chatting this over with other parents here on the forum.  Don’t forget that at Gingerbread you can talk this through with our helpline.  The advisers have up to date training and are a really experienced bunch.   Here are their contact details:

    <!  Gingerbread Single Parent Helpline – Freephone 0808 802 0925

          Opening hours:  Mon 10 – 6, Tues 10- 4, Wed 10 – 1 & 5 – 7, Thurs 10 – 4, Fri 10 – 4  They can be busy so callers can expect to wait up to 20 minutes before the call is answered.

    Hope that helps, Justine

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    Vilma
    Participant

    UC is the most messed up benefit you can have, they not only reduce it, they also will minus from you… be carful what you do you can really messed up your finances situation… UC is extremely unstable benefit give you not stability at all…

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