Accepted reasons for backdating income support
Accepted reasons for backdating income support - Coguer veg
Mark Willis examines the rights of refugees to claim benefits and the problems that can arise.
The previous status is retained pending a decision on the application.1Note that people who receive a positive decision on their asylum application are often referred to as, or consider themselves to be, 'refugees', even if they are granted one of the other statuses above.Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) embarked on the task of reviewing and finalising all tax credits awards for 2015/2016 in April 2016. It is necessary because tax credits paid in a tax year are generally based on estimates of that year’s earnings until the final figures are known after the end of the tax year when the final decision on entitlement for the year is then made.HMRC wrote to everyone who claimed tax credits in the year 2015/2016 shortly after the end of the tax year (ie 5 April 2016), enclosing an annual review form.An annual declaration form was also included except where the claimant/s have an ongoing award for Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income related Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit and is/are still receiving one of those benefits for the family element only of Child Tax Credit or a nil award.These forms, once completed and returned, are the basis of the provisional claim for the new tax year 2016/2017.ESA has a medical test, called the Work Capability Assessment, that is broken into two parts: the first determines if you are entitled to ESA at all and looks at your ability to carry out everyday activities.
If you are blind or partially sighted, the most relevant activities within the Work Capability Assessment are about your ability to get around out of doors independently and communicate with other people.
People fleeing their home country and applying for protection (or asylum) in the UK are generally excluded from claiming most benefits (asylum seekers are 'persons subject to immigration control' in the benefit rules).
They instead have to rely on Home Office support which is provided at a level less than the minimum the law allows anyone else to live on.
ESA replaced Incapacity Benefit and Income Support (paid on the basis of incapacity for work) for new claimants on 27 October 2008.
Jobcentre Plus will transfer existing Incapacity Benefit and Income Support claimants over to ESA by 2014.
A refugee, however, is only legally and technically a person who has been recognised as such by the UK government under the 1951 Geneva Convention.