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Why photo ID for JSA and not UV

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Silver925
Silver925 Community member Posts: 106 Contributor
Hello,
I have a friend who wants to apply for New style JSA.  It says on the gov.uk website you need 3 forms of ID one of which is photo ID.  It doesn't give an alternative for people without photo ID if you cannot afford it. JC says they give biographical ID checks for UV so why not JSA.  I don't understand as I know people on IR JSA who have never had photo ID.  Could someone explain this please.  Do they do biographical ID checks for JSA and is it an omission on the website ?
Thanks

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  • Ross_Alumni
    Ross_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,649 Championing
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    Hello @Silver925 and thanks for making this post :) 

    Good question, it all must seem quite confusing, the disparity between when you do and don't need photo ID.

    Have you considered getting in contact with Jobcentre Plus to ask whether they would accept anything else in the event of somebody not being able to provide photo ID?
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  • Silver925
    Silver925 Community member Posts: 106 Contributor
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    I don't understand why some benefits say this on the website.  When UC if you cannot verify your ID online which was much debated as many low income people don't they use Biographical ID questions.  I have been claiming ESA for years and never asked for ID.  I thought a benefits expert on this forum might know. Thanks for your reply. 
  • Silver925
    Silver925 Community member Posts: 106 Contributor
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    People can now open bank account without photo ID so this is very contradictory of what they say.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,289 Championing
    edited August 2022
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    In the same way as those claiming UC there will be other ways to verifying your ID.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Silver925
    Silver925 Community member Posts: 106 Contributor
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    Hello,
    Thanks for your reply.  I thought the same, common sense really. Looked on other forums but no joy.  Many thanks again take care.
  • racyguy
    racyguy Community member Posts: 560 Empowering
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    Silver925 said:
    People can now open bank account without photo ID so this is very contradictory of what they say.
    Can you?
    I popped along to Local Metro bank to see about transferring our account.
    The guy handed me a sheet of paper which read that they would require three forms of proof, one of which must be a passport.
    Thankfully we have them but have never used them for travel just for ID purposes.
  • Silver925
    Silver925 Community member Posts: 106 Contributor
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    It depends on the bank.  If you apply online or in branch.  Some will check the electoral role like Santander and I opened one last year with Nationwide used Passport online.  Lady I spoke to in branch said if your a British citizen you don't need to show proof of address. I guess the check the electoral register.  I don't know about switching banks but I read some branch employees don't really know what's written on their website.  I been told things in the past which turned out wrong info.
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