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MadCow1
MadCow1 Community member Posts: 396 Pioneering
edited September 2023 in Universal Credit (UC)
Hi everyone,

I have just received a letter saying that I have been selected for Jury service, which could possibly last up to 10 days. Do I need to inform Universal Credit?

I look forward to hearing back from you.
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  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 11,652 Disability Gamechanger
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    Thats a question I've never seen before but I'm someone will be along with an answer

    https://www.gov.uk/jury-service/what-you-can-claim-if-youre-not-working#:~:text=Show your jury summons to,benefit office or work coach.

    The link has some info
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  • Jimm_Scope
    Jimm_Scope Posts: 2,705 Scope online community team
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    You should inform your work coach, you shouldn't be expected to look for work while you are on Jury Duty.

    Jury service: What you can claim if you're not working - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

    If you get benefits or financial support

    Show your jury summons to your benefit office or work coach as soon as you get it.

    You’ll continue to get financial support and benefits (such as Universal Credit) for the first 8 weeks. After that, the court will give you a loss of earnings form to give to your benefit office or work coach.

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  • MadCow1
    MadCow1 Community member Posts: 396 Pioneering
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    I forgot to say that I am on LCWRA,so don't have a work coach. 

    I have OA,so would I qualify for an exemption from jury service?
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community member Posts: 16,103 Disability Gamechanger
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    I'd suggest putting a copy of your summons on your journal 'just in case.'
    I'm not sure you would be excused, but there's some info here:
    ''To ask to be excused, reply to your jury summons explaining your reasons in detail. You might need to give proof, for example, if you’re ill you might be asked for a letter from your doctor.''


  • MadCow1
    MadCow1 Community member Posts: 396 Pioneering
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    Thanks everyone for your replies.

    I just hope that I don't lose my LCWRA status.
  • Jimm_Scope
    Jimm_Scope Posts: 2,705 Scope online community team
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    I would talk with Citizen's Advice about this situation, they may know more. My concern, as I am sure is yours, is that attending jury duty may be seen as work-capable activity and I just do not know the answer to that myself and I am struggling to find it. I think the assumption is you tell jury duty you are too ill to attend.
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  • MadCow1
    MadCow1 Community member Posts: 396 Pioneering
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    Thanks again everyone who replied,I'm getting very confused about where it says benefits are covered for first 8 weeks, I have no work commitments due to my LCWRA status I am getting very anxious in case I end up having to go through that process again as it's only this year I got it sorted.jury service is expected to last 10 days but could be longer.
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community member Posts: 16,103 Disability Gamechanger
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    MadCow1 said:
    Thanks again everyone who replied,I'm getting very confused about where it says benefits are covered for first 8 weeks, I have no work commitments due to my LCWRA status I am getting very anxious in case I end up having to go through that process again as it's only this year I got it sorted.jury service is expected to last 10 days but could be longer.

    I can't see any problem in your case that would affect your UC claim, nor cause a review. In the link that Jimm gave, if jury service went on for longer than 8 weeks, those who are working would be given a loss of earnings form.
     - are you working?
     - you've been told your jury service will be about 10 days
  • MadCow1
    MadCow1 Community member Posts: 396 Pioneering
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    Thanks @chiarieds, no I am not working. I just got very anxious & stressed as I can't sit / stand for too long, plus my incontinence problem. 
    I'm just over thinking that if I have to do Jury service,will it be classed as a contradiction of my LCWRA claim?
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community member Posts: 16,103 Disability Gamechanger
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    I appreciate your concerns & mobility issues, etc. I don't think it would cause a problem with your claim, but, if you have incontinence problems, that may be a way out of doing jury service. You may be asked for a letter from your GP if you feel that's the better option for you.
  • MadCow1
    MadCow1 Community member Posts: 396 Pioneering
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    Thanks @chiarieds & @Jimm_Scope for your advice.
    I am going to try to speak with my doctor on Monday & put in an exemption & also ring the number on the jury service letter.

  • Jimm_Scope
    Jimm_Scope Posts: 2,705 Scope online community team
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    I think I over-worried you @MadCow1, my concern regarding doing jury service affecting your LCWRA appears unfounded. I am still learning the benefits system myself, I'm sorry for any anxiety or stress I caused.
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  • Lou67
    Lou67 Community member Posts: 7,266 Disability Gamechanger
    edited September 2023
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    @MadCow1
    Good morning I hope you’re keeping well.
    I was sent for to do Jury Duty last year, I have a few health issues going on so spoke  to my doctor and was given an exemption from having to go. 
    I phoned the courts and then emailed a copy of the letter from the doctor. Might be worth looking into.Good luck whatever you decide.

  • MadCow1
    MadCow1 Community member Posts: 396 Pioneering
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    Thanks @Jimm_Scope,no problem. It doesn't take much to set my anxiety off with the DWP.
    I'm panicking as I can't find anything either,but I'm going to go on the fact that LCWRA goes on conditions affecting us 50% of the time & this jury service is only supposed to be for 10 days.
    At least if my exemption gets turned down, I've got proof of me telling them about my disability,if that all makes sense ?!
  • MadCow1
    MadCow1 Community member Posts: 396 Pioneering
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    Hi @Lou67, thanks so much for your advice, I will be phoning my doctor tomorrow about it.
  • Jimm_Scope
    Jimm_Scope Posts: 2,705 Scope online community team
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    Showing the courts you receive LCWRA may be enough to show them you can be exempted? 

    There is a bureau for answering questions about jury service, I will put their contact details below. You should be able to ask them what evidence would be acceptable for exemption.
    Jury Central Summoning Bureau
    jurysummoning@justice.gov.uk
    Telephone: 0300 456 1024
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  • MadCow1
    MadCow1 Community member Posts: 396 Pioneering
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    Thanks very much for that information @Jimm_Scope, I will get in touch with them.
  • Jimm_Scope
    Jimm_Scope Posts: 2,705 Scope online community team
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    @MadCow1 I forgot to mention their operating times, one moment.

    Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm
    Friday 9am to 3pm 
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  • MadCow1
    MadCow1 Community member Posts: 396 Pioneering
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    Hi @Jimm_Scope,

    Thanks very much, it's very much appreciated 👍
  • MadCow1
    MadCow1 Community member Posts: 396 Pioneering
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    Hi ,

    I just wanted to let you know of an update on my call up for jury service. I received a letter today to say that I have been been excused.

    I queried at my local job centre & because I am LCWRA with no work commitments,I didn't have to inform them.

    So I hopes this helps anyone in the future.

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