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a benefit that allows me to work or part take in work or a business

mevalmeval Posts: 1Member Listener
as a disable person i have been put onto jobseekers. but would like to get a benifit that allows me to work or part take in work or a business 


  • GeoarkGeoark Posts: 1,186Community champion Pioneering
    Hello @meval and welcome to the community.

    If you are looking for, and able to work then Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) is the correct benefit. If your disability affects the type of work you can do you can ask to be referred to one of the disability advisors. The DWP also has contractors who specialise in helping disabled people into work, so if you are having problems finding work, or just started JSA you can ask to be referred to one of these to get additional assistance.

    Good luck on your job hunting.

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  • Sam_ScopeSam_Scope Posts: 7,732Administrator Scope community team
    Hi @meval welcome to the community - we have a benefits calculator that you might like to try to see what you could be entitled to.
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  • steve51steve51 Posts: 5,861Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @meval.

    Good evening I hope you have had a great day ???

    Yes the "Benefit Calculator" on our home page is a good starting point.

     Please please let us know if you require any more help ???
  • izaiza Posts: 435Member Pioneering
    edited July 2017
    Hi @Geoark

    I been forced to undergo JSA roles when I was quick out of ESA. 
    I ask to been referred to Disability Adviser and saw him on couple occasions and I was not assisted at all. To be honest he really did not know what to do with me at all. 
    On top of this I had to undergo work programme which in my case failed too. 
    People are forced to move to JSA it is not their personal choice at all. 

  • GeoarkGeoark Posts: 1,186Community champion Pioneering
    Hi @iza

    I responded the question raised, ie a benefit that allowed the poster to work or get involved with a business. I also added the caveat 'and able to work', as I am well aware of one of the consequences of the current system is forcing people who are not able to work for various reasons, into benefits that are not best suited to their needs.

    No judgement or preconception of your situation at the time, when the DWP force people who are not able, or ready to return to or start work onto JSA even the best will struggle in helping that person.

    While a lot depends on how well trained a person is, and their level of flexibility, I have found the disability advisors to be better trained and less likely to insist on individuals applying for job they would not cope with or could worsen their condition. 

    The work programmes are notoriously for their inability to help some people, as well as trying to blame the claimant when they fail to do what they are supposed to. I have known claimants to have been on up to 5 different work programmes and still be unemployed. I have turned up for the induction on one such programme and never heard any more. A couple of weeks later I complained to the JSA advisor about this who called them and they said I had never been referred. As she was the one who referred me, and I had taken the induction pack with me, she questioned this and it was changed to I had failed to turn up. My wife was sent on one, was told her CV needed updating. 12 months later she had had 2 meetings and no CV.

    With an organisation specialising in helping disabled people back to work I was overlooked for an interview for data entry. When I questioned this I was told I lacked the necessary skills. As my advisor with them at the time pointed out if he had problems he came to me, and my skills exceeded what was needed, and unfortunately my 'face did not fit'.

    On the other hand the same organisation helped my daughter to find a work experience placement and coming up to 3 1/2 years later she is still working for the same organisation.

    Sadly when these programmes were set up the government required the larger firms to have partnerships with smaller organisations with much better success rates, these smaller organisations got no, or very few referrals, with most now having withdrawn from these partnerships.

    I spent 10 years unemployed and most of it on JSA with chronic back pain, except when I had an operation and could not work, so well aware of their inadequacies. 

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