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Benefits

May 2015

Genuine Prospect of Work Assessment extended to older EEA National s with JSA claims

From 9 February 2015, the DWP began to notify EEA nationals who have an existing claim to income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) made before 1 January 2014 that they will now also be subject to a genuine prospect of work assessment (GPoW) starting in three months’ time.

When will they start?

The first GPoW assessment interviews will start to take place in May 2015. If, during the assessment interview, the JSA claimant is unable to provide compelling evidence that they have a genuine prospect of work, their current right to reside and consequently their entitlement to income-based JSA will cease. The JSA claimant will have the opportunity to provide evidence of an alternative right to reside in the UK for the DWP Decision Maker to consider.

The aim of extending the GPoW assessment is to ensure that all EEA nationals claiming income-based JSA are treated in the same way, regardless of when they made their claim to benefit.

Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance

From 27 April, all claimants in receipt of income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) will require an Annual Verification check to confirm their circumstances.

The check reminds claimants of their responsibilities to provide the Department for Work and Pensions with up to date information about their circumstances so that they continue to receive the correct amount of benefit.

An Annual Verification letter will be sent automatically 12 months from the date they first received income-based JSA and repeated every year as long as they are in receipt of benefit. People who already have an annual check for housing costs, capital and occupational pension will find the JSA check included as part of this.

June 2015

Independent Living Fund

The Independent Living Fund (ILF) - which provides money to help people with disabilities live an independent life in the community - is to close on 30 June 2015 (it has been closed to new applicants since 2010).

Funding will be incorporated into local social care arrangements through local councils in England and the devolved governments in Wales and Scotland will make their own arrangements.

People who already have ILF care packages will have to transfer to new local arrangements.
See the Independent Living Fund website for more information.

Scottish Independent Living Fund

In light of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) closing - see above - the devolved government in Scotland has proposed a new Scottish Independent Living Fund (SILF) to support those in Scotland who are currently receiving help from the ILF as well as being open to new applicants.

The new scheme will be run by the third sector from July 2015. Anyone eligible for help will be referred to the fund via local authority social services.

Turn2us rebrand

Elizabeth Finn Care and Turn2us have now come together under one name. 

Now that we have come together as one, we have a new website and anew look. You might have wondered if and how our new brand may affect how we work. 

We have put together answers to some questions you might have to tell you more about why we are doing this, what's changing and what's not. Read about why we're changing