Voluntary work

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  • #22491
    Anonymous
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    Relatively simple one this…

    Young single claimant received HB based on JSA
    Starts work for a local theatre company – states that this is unpaid and irregular i.e. now and then. Unfortunately JCP have decided to knock the JSA off during periods when he works because he is unavailable to attend training courses etc. States he lives off overdraft and savings during these periods.
    Reluctant to pay based on nil income for periods concerned. Seem to recall that there are restrictions on applying notional income to claim so may be forced to treat as nil income 🙄 even though little uncomfortable
    Any thoughts welcome.

    #8273
    Anonymous
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    Simple question.
    Why are you unhappy assessing on nil income if you are happy that is what person is getting? 😕

    As long as you check regularly, I can see no problem. 8)

    #8274
    Anonymous
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    Thanks for the response, yes a valid question
    I suppose as long as the ’employer’ verifies the arrangment I should be treating as nil income

    Am I correct in remembering anyway that ‘going rate’ notional income cannot be included?

    #8275
    seanosul
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    In the “Arts” the going rate is often free. Your tv licence (as well as theatre tickets etc) would be a lot higher if it were not for the large number of people willing to work for free on lighting, editing, as extra in order to get a foothold in the business.

    As for “going rate” notional income, this is a VF cross check that the income should reflect the rate for the job (eg a manager of 50 staff only getting paid minimum wage should raise questions) but there is nothing in legislation to back this up. If you believe that he is earning and not declaring the earnings, then investigate the claim.

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