Universal Credit is being introduced in Northern Ireland on a phased geographical basis.
After nine months doing a maternity-cover job, I am back on the dole and have more stories to share. If you are unemployed, and about to claim JSA (jobseeker’s allowance), you might like to be aware of them too.An adviser will help you draw up a 'jobseeker's agreement' which will set out the steps you agree to take to find work.To keep getting benefit you'll have to go to regular job search reviews, usually every fortnight.These are numbers that are supposedly charged at the same rate as a local call from a BT landline but can cost a small fortune if you rely on mobile phones. COM, and search for a cheaper standard telephone number, or even a free one.Remember: it takes 30 minutes or more to apply for JSA on the phone. Not all Job Centres are listed on that site though, so if you can’t find your local one, try option 3 below. Borrow the phones from your local Job Centre Plus: if you have the stamina and patience, that is.To claim, contact your local Jobs & Benefits or Social Security office.You'll need to go to an interview at the Social Security/Jobs & Benefits office.It is only when you have clicked on this button on site that the free 0800 numbers are finally revealed on the next page: 5.Free numbers are also revealed if you ring the 0845 number: yes, that’s right.When paycheques have stopped, savings are low and every penny counts, it can feel like the last straw. Ironically, it feels as if the DWP (Department of Work and Pensions) is wasting time and (hard-earned) cash to make it as hard as possible for me to claim a basic taxpayer’s right.I came across this fellow Jobseekers’ Rant blog today, which made me nod in agreement.