Advice please.............

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  • Hi all.


    I live outside the system. I don't claim benefits. I don't know how the system works so am hoping that someone will be able to answer the following questions:


    There used to be a rule which allowed people sixty to pension age to claim dole money (JSA nowadays I suppose) without the need to look for or be available for work, 'signing on' only once a year. I believe this still exists in some form, though the lower age limit for eligibility has increased.


    Is there still such an option open for sixty plus folks - if so what is the minimum age requirement?


    Are there any other similar schemes?


    Thanks in advance.

    Yesterdays gone, tomorrows a mystery, today's a gift, that's why its called the present.

  • I signed on the dole for the first time at 61. I still had to go through all the shit of signing on and proof of job search etc. Luckily I was re-employed quickly but found myself out of work again recently. I could not bear the thought of going through that shit again so am managing as best I can unaided. Good luck man! You will need it unfortunately.


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  • I signed on the dole for the first time at 61. I still had to go through all the shit of signing on and proof of job search etc. Luckily I was re-employed quickly but found myself out of work again recently. I could not bear the thought of going through that shit again so am managing as best I can unaided. Good luck man! You will need it unfortunately.


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    It's money you are entitled to, you paid for it all your life, you should take what you are entitled too, although I do understand how depressing the system is having been there myself :)

  • I signed on the dole for the first time at 61. I still had to go through all the shit of signing on and proof of job search etc. Luckily I was re-employed quickly but found myself out of work again recently. I could not bear the thought of going through that shit again so am managing as best I can unaided. Good luck man! You will need it unfortunately.


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    I hve heard about this overs sixties scheme from several sources, but I don't know the name of it or the qualifying age. It definitely used to be sixty because I know a few people who were on it. I think think it exists but in a revised form, the DHSS won't tell you about it so it may be worthwhile your inquiring if you are struggling. I found the following information some time ago, it was posted in 2015, but I can't find anything to corroborate it. That's why I asked here. You can also definitely claim pension credit a full year before state retirement age. As for me, I have no need to sign on but would, when (if!) I reach the eligible age, dependent upon this scheme being in place which meant I wouldn't have to surrender myself to the whole JSA nightmare.


    http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/s…jobseekers-allowance.aspx

    Yesterdays gone, tomorrows a mystery, today's a gift, that's why its called the present.

  • Maybe speak to Age Concern,they deal with people over 50 or 55,cant remember. which.They are impartial,and you can book a telephone interview or a one to one.Recently did this to get info on entitlements for retirees.They were very helpful,suggesting loads of benefits and how to apply etc.