Extended payment of Housing and Council Tax benefit

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    steve terrey
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    Claimant was in receipt of Income Support, then Job Seekers Allowance from 17.4.10 to 29.4.11 – no breaks in either benefit. Claimant started work on 3.5.11.

    One of my colleagues has refused to pay the 4 week extended payment on the basis that the Department for Work and Pensions have not paid claimant a job grant. My understanding was that as long as you had received Job Seekers Allowance/Income Support continuously for at least 26 weeks and your job was due to last over 5 weeks you were entitled to an Extended payment – no need for a job grant from the Department for Work and Pensions .

    Just wondering if I have “missed” a change in the regulations??

    regards

    🙂

    #108292
    Andy Thurman
    Keymaster

    No you haven’t! Unless I have too! Only caveat is on CTB only cases where 4-week “run on” in cases where mortgage interest paid.

    #108294
    Kevin D
    Participant

    So long as IS / JSA were continuous AND JSA was income-based, the 26 week requirement is satisfied. I can’t see anything in HBR 72 that makes EPs dependant upon a job grant.

    For completeness, if JSA was contribution-based, it may be that no EP is payable at all.

    #108297
    nickkeogh
    Participant

    I think the strange interpretation from your colleague stems from the fact that a job grant has the same qualifying criteria as an EP. Completely unrelated to EP conditions though as Andy and Kevin have stated above.

    #108299
    Kay_Tade
    Participant

    I have noticed this scenario seems to cause a lot of confusion for assessment officers.

    The Job grant has similar, not the same citeria as an EP, for example, if you are a one of couple and you started work but this was for only 16 hrs a week you would not get the JG [Because you would need to be working 24 hrs a week] but you would still be entitled to an EP.

    BUT I do agree that the JG has nothing at all to do with an EP.

    #108300
    steve terrey
    Participant

    Brilliant. Glad I’ve not missed some “major change” in the legislation.

    Thanks for feedback

    #108307
    nickkeogh
    Participant

    [quote=Kay_Tade]I have noticed this scenario seems to cause a lot of confusion for assessment officers.

    The Job grant has similar, not the same citeria as an EP, for example, if you are a one of couple and you started work but this was for only 16 hrs a week you would not get the JG [Because you would need to be working 24 hrs a week] but you would still be entitled to an EP.

    BUT I do agree that the JG has nothing at all to do with an EP.[/quote]

    I meant to say “virtually” the same criteria Kay 😉 . What I was getting at was that if you qualify for a job grant then you would qualify for an extended payment although as you’ve has pointed out, the criteria for a job grant are slightly more stringent.

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