Benefits and right to reside for parents of schoolchildren
When he claimed Income-based JSA in November 2009, he was refused as he was found not to have a right to reside. His daughter was at secondary school here and she was then taken into care, largely because her parents had no income and were homeless.
The Law Centre represented him at an appeal which was disallowed and we appealed the decision to the social security commissioner. The commissioner allowed the appeal and found that he did have a right to reside when he made his initial claim as he had a child at school.
We convinced the SSA to pay JSA for the period when his daughter was in care and he was looking for work. Housing Benefit was also backdated to cover the periods for which he was paid income-based JSA. He has successfully made a fresh claim for JSA*.
We are currently helping him with issues of substantial housing debt and legal costs of eviction that arose when he was not paid benefit.
* A8 nationals are people from the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia,Lithuania, Poland, Slovak Republic or Slovenia. Since May 2011, A8 nationals have had the same benefit entitlements as EEA nationals.