Supporting a client (59)who was claiming UC jointly with partner who has recently died.
Client reports that he received a t/c from NSJSA and made a claim which is being paid at £148 every 2 weeks.
Client has some physical health diffs that are being investigated by GP and some chronic undiagnosed mental health difficulties that have been compounded by grief. These have not been declared previously as he was recognised as a ‘carer’.
GP has issued a fit note for 3 months.
My questions are:
Why is he now claiming NSJSA?
Could he have continued claiming UC?
If unable to ‘jobseek’ for at least 3 months is NSJSA the right benefit to be claiming?