Reckonable Credited contributions awarded can be used to satisfy the 48 contributions required in the Governing Contribution Year.Class J contributions paid prior to 1996 in respect of a Social/Community Employment Scheme also count for the Governing Contribution Year.Working Tax Credit is for people who are employed or self-employed (either on their own or in a partnership), who usually work 16 hours or more a week, and expect to work for at least 4 weeks and who are aged 16 or over and responsible for at least one child, or aged 16 or over and disabled or over 60 with no children, or aged 25 or over and usually work at least 30 hours a week.
If a claimant wishes to appeal against a decision that they are not entitled to ESA, they must now ask the DWP to reconsider the decision before lodging an official appeal – and receive no money in the meantime.
It used to be that when politicians wanted to bury bad news they’d orchestrate its release to time with a distracting event. These words were used to describe Universal Credit but could easily have been levelled at a number of largely unreported changes to the benefit system. The sheer volume of inefficient and unethical changes to social security this Government has enacted means some of it doesn’t even get noticed.
Seeing Iain Duncan Smith publicly criticized for wasting at least £140 million of public money over Universal Credit at the start of this month, it struck me how we’ve slowly reached another level. Which, for a set of politicians hacking at vulnerable people’s support systems, is worryingly convenient.
The DWP response is the claimant can claim Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) during this appeal stage.
Campaigners tell me, however, many disabled people say they won’t apply for JSA due to the fear that doing so will be interpreted by the DWP as evidence they are indeed fit for work.