Confused about benefits
I've just been awarded Disability Living Allowance and I'm about to sign on for Jobseeker's Allowance. I live in rented accommodation and I currently get Housing Benefit of £60 per week (I have to pay a further £20 per week myself). Please can you tell me how much Jobseekers Allowance I'm likely to get; will I get Income Support and will there be any increase in my Housing Benefit?
Please can you tell me how much Jobseekers Allowance I'm likely to get; will I get Income Support and will there be any increase in my Housing Benefit?
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) has a care component and a mobility component. Some people will be entitled to receive just one component; others may get both. All figures below are for 2010.
Claiming DLA could have a positive effect on your other benefits. For example, if you get awarded income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) you could get £50.95 (for people aged 18-24), plus a disability premium of £27.50. Your Housing Benefit might also increase. However, if you do start to receive JSA you will not be able to get Income Support.
Benefits can be complicated, so it's a good idea to speak to an expert. You can call the Benefits Enquiry Line on 0800 882200, 8.30am-6.30pm Monday to Friday, and 9am-1pm Saturday. If you prefer, you can get an overview of disability benefits online.
Also, as you are signing on for JSA your personal adviser should make arrangements for you to see one of their disability specialists who'll help you get into work.
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