Acceptable reasons for backdating jsa
These are numbers that are supposedly charged at the same rate as a local call from a BT landline but can cost a small fortune if you rely on mobile phones. COM, and search for a cheaper standard telephone number, or even a free one.
Remember: it takes 30 minutes or more to apply for JSA on the phone. Not all Job Centres are listed on that site though, so if you can’t find your local one, try option 3 below. Borrow the phones from your local Job Centre Plus: if you have the stamina and patience, that is.
My local Job Centre is only two minutes away but they also only have a couple of phones and are usually occupied by people who have had the same idea.
Note that at a Job Centre you will have no privacy either. If you have Internet access at home, don’t bother with the phone: apply for your JSA online – you can do this now on the Directgov site.
It is true: buying newspapers to look for job adverts, taking public transport to go to interviews, buying paper and ink cartridges to print out your CVs, all costs money.
For a jobseeker on a £60-plus allowance a week, a £20 spend a week on buses and trains means a third of the allowance gone.
You also have to give evidence of your income and savings, for example, bank statements or pay slips.
There is a 7 day period between claiming and being able to get Jobseeker’s Allowance, these are called waiting days. A claim for Jobseeker's Allowance can be backdated for up to three months before the date of the claim if you would have been entitled to it earlier.
I came across this fellow Jobseekers’ Rant blog today, which made me nod in agreement.
Jobseeker's Allowance is a benefit for people who are not in full time employment (work less than 16 hours per week), are capable of working and are looking for work.
If your working pattern varies or you need help to calculate how many hours you work, see our Working hours guide.
I have an interview for JSA on Tuesday 6th but unfortunately I don't have the ID that they require.
They've asked for 2 forms of ID but I only have my passport with me - I'm now up north and most of my stuff is in storage in West Sussex.