If you voluntarily give up your job how soon can you apply for benefits?

by , 27 Aug 2010

I am in this situation. I hope I won't ever have to go down the benefits route as I hope to get some supply work but you never know.


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"Your benefits if you resign
Your Jobcentre Plus can delay your Jobseeker's Allowance for up to 26 weeks if you have voluntarily quit without good reason. If you are claiming constructive dismissal, make sure they know. If you can't claim Jobseeker's Allowance, you may still be able to claim a hardship payment, which is a reduced amount of Jobseeker's Allowance." -directgov website is it a matter of voluntary redunduncy or do you feel like you cannot continue working there?
this is the website link: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employment/RedundancyAndLeavingYourJob/DG_10026688

by katkity, 27 Aug 2010

thanks roseangel! :)

by katkity, 29 Aug 2010

Jobseekers allowance can be delayed by up to 26 weeks if you have voluntarily left your job without good reason.

by frenchwoodgirl, 27 Aug 2010

I believe you are exempt from claiming Job Seekers Allowance for upto 26 weeks, this used to be the case and may have changed but this does not exempt you from all claims to benefit. You may still be able to claim Income Support. However, you still need to register with your local JobCentrePlus in order to notify them of your unemployment, the sooner you do this the better. I believe you can initially do this by phone and they will call you back. Once you have done this they will send you the necessary forms and make an appointment for you at your local job centre to have a face-to-face meeting. More clarification and details are available at www.direct.gov.uk

by Parchester, 27 Aug 2010

Yes, I thought this was the case. Let's hope I can get enough work then.

by roseangel, 27 Aug 2010

The exclusion peiod is upto 26 weeks you do how ever still qualify for a range of other benefits which include sickness, disablement, and possibley income support contact your benefits office for more details.

by Noddy1, 28 Aug 2010

Thank you all. I suspected that was the case. I'm not likely to be entitled to anything else in the short term and in the medium term I'm hoping I'll have secured enough work.

by roseangel, 28 Aug 2010

Hope you manage to get some temp work its a lot less hassle.

by Noddy1, 29 Aug 2010

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