Help with universal credit sanctions- anyone who can advise!

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

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    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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    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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