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Gaps in my employment

Sammie74
Sammie74 Member Posts: 14 Listener
edited October 4 in Universal Credit (UC)
Hi I'm just reaching out again I put a claim in for u/c at beginning of September I've just been given a date for my first payment the problem I now have is there asking about work 1st question in the 12 months prior to claiming were there gaps in my employment I was at college full time education so never had employment or earned any money so would this question be a yes or no please. 2 people at u/c journal put say no to all questions then put 0.00 for all the months I did this but it said I earned more than 542 which is wrong I haven't earned anything but if I put yes to the gaps in my employment it just says I have gaps in my employment and nothing else I've been given info on this on here but I'm stressing out again. Been googling this for 2 days and it's not giving any info if someone could help I would be very grateful and if anyone know what happens after you finish the task I would be grateful gunna try phone in morning but I know I will be waiting ages for a response 
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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,909 Disability Gamechanger
    edited October 3
    Your question was answered yesterday in your other thread https://forum.scope.org.uk/discussion/84652/hi-my-name-is-sammie74-im-due-to-get-my-first-uc-payment-im-so-confused#latest
    as advised you answer yes and nothing further will happen.
  • Sammie74
    Sammie74 Member Posts: 14 Listener
    Will they ask what the gaps were or don't they even ask you

  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,909 Disability Gamechanger
    As previously advised, no they don't ask you any further questions. The reason they ask this question is for the benefit cap grace period but if you're living at home with your parents and you're a single person then your maximum UC entitlement won't be anywhere near the benefit cap, so it doesn't applly to you.
  • Sammie74
    Sammie74 Member Posts: 14 Listener
    OK thanks I thought they might ask about the gaps in my employment I'm not bothered if they do as I was at college and have never had a job just feel like you can't proper explain the reason for your gap as I've never been employed it's just a silly question there's no info on any of this anywhere apart from a lot of confusion 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,909 Disability Gamechanger
    Sammie74 said:
    gunna try phone in morning but I know I will be waiting ages for a response 

    When you ring them you are ringing a call centre and they have very little benefits knowledge, so i wouldn't advise you to ring them. The advice i've give you across 2 different threads is correct. You tick yes as there were gaps in your employment because you've never worked.
  • Sammie74
    Sammie74 Member Posts: 14 Listener
    I don't think any of them understand what I'm trying to say I will just answer yes like you advised and see what happens thankyou again I just don't want them to stop my money if I've done it wrong I haven't even received my fist payment yet have to wait till the 7th 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,909 Disability Gamechanger
    By answering yes, which is the correct answer you won't do anything wrong and your money will not stop.
    Your first payment is just over 4 weeks after you first claimed. 6 days before you receive your payment you will have a statement on your journal that will tell you how much you will receive into your bank.
    As a single person under the age of 25 this will be £257.33 per month. You can request an advance payment within the first month but do be aware that you will need to repay this back from future UC payments.
  • Sammie74
    Sammie74 Member Posts: 14 Listener
    Yes I've been told how much I'm getting and when it will be paid in to my account think I've just be over stressing on the actual questions which is making me ill thank you I will do my journal and is it OK if I can get anymore advise if I need some 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,909 Disability Gamechanger
    You're welcome. Yes of course you can ask more questions if you're not sure of something.

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