Savings And Job Seeker Sllowance contribution based
Posted 08 December 2011 - 12:08 PM
Surely Premium Bonds and shares are classed as savings, just as cash is. PMs I don't know about but if they see you have disposed of your money on the quick just to get benefits, probably you're disallowed or even done for fraud. Personally I would not play it any way other than straight with them, yes I know it's very irritating but that's the law
Posted 08 December 2011 - 08:14 PM
AFAIK the only things that are exempt are physical things you own (e.g. clothes, tv, a car, any precious metals) and property provided it is your only property and you live in it i.e. it is your home.
Also AFAIK, the only way it is legal to spend more money than you have previously spent on rent/food/bills is to buy a house to live in as your one and only home.
ETA: converting say 50k into PMs to claim benefits would be capital deprivation and fraud as inflating says though.
This post has been edited by rented: 08 December 2011 - 08:16 PM
Posted 09 December 2011 - 04:46 PM
Posted 09 December 2011 - 07:46 PM
Indeed. Plus there can be up to 6k in the bank (level at which means testing kicks in) so as long as there isn't a particularly obvious paper trail as to where the rest went. Although I can't imagine many people in this day and age wondering why someone appeared to save so little.
But if you bought say, £3000 worth every so often on the off chance of one day being made unemployed....
An insurance policy of sorts... would be a very good plan under the current means tested system.
This post has been edited by rented: 09 December 2011 - 08:04 PM
Posted 10 December 2011 - 06:04 PM
Unfortunately not, it's been a long time since I got stung by them so I cant recall and it may well have changed now.
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Posted 23 January 2012 - 08:13 PM
All savings you have, including Shares and Investment Bonds are taken into account. Anything over £6,000 is deducted from JSA up to £16,000 when you are no longer entitled. Pension plans are not important.
The best policy is to just declare everything that you have and let the DWP decided for you. It is really not worth lying and risking a criminal record.