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Old 11-02-2009, 12:31 AM
lyn123 lyn123 is offline
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Default jobseekers allowance means test

I have savings of 25,000 - will I get jobseekers allowance or will i fail the means test I have read the official helpsheet but did not understand the "formula" bit? Some of this money is for upgrading my house and garden and is my only savings - should i take out some before applying?. i have never claimed benefit before so am not up on these things. Please help!!
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Old 11-02-2009, 12:23 PM
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Default Re: jobseekers allowance means test

If you've just finished work, then you may qualify for Jobseeker's Benefit which isn't means-tested so your savings won't be counted.

The savings will be assessed as follows for Jobseeker's Allowance.

First 20 000 is disregarded (ignored).
The balance (5000) is assessed at 1 euro per 1000 per week - so you will be assessed as having €5 means per week.

Assuming you're single and have no other income, your entitlement would be 204.30 (full rate Jobseeker's) minus €5 means.
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Old 11-02-2009, 01:31 PM
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Default Re: jobseekers allowance means test

Thank you very much Gipimann, hurrah for plain english!!! All clear now, you should apply to translate social security "helpsheets".
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If you've just finished work, then you may qualify for Jobseeker's Benefit which isn't means-tested so your savings won't be counted.

The savings will be assessed as follows for Jobseeker's Allowance.

First 20 000 is disregarded (ignored).
The balance (5000) is assessed at 1 euro per 1000 per week - so you will be assessed as having 5 means per week.

Assuming you're single and have no other income, your entitlement would be 204.30 (full rate Jobseeker's) minus 5 means.
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