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Jobseeker's Allowance

Jobseeker's Allowance is for anyone who is available for and actively seeking work.
If you are out of work or working less than 16 hours a week, you may be entitled to Jobseeker’s Allowance.

How do I Claim JSA? Click here for more details

 You may have to make a joint claim with your partner but ask a personal adviser for details, at your local Jobcentre Plus.  You can call 0800 055 6688 for more details.

There is a New Deal scheme currently being run by the government to help you get back to work for more details click here for further information.

You will not be entitled to Job seekers allowance if you are

  • a full time student
  • under 18

However there are sometimes exceptions so it is a good idea to check with Jobcentre Plus.

  • When you discuss your circumstances with a personal advisor from Jobcentre Plus you will discuss your capability and availability for work and you efforts of actively seeking a job. Jobcentre Plus can assist you with the help you need to find the right job or training.
  • Contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance -If you have paid enough National Insurance contributions (NICs) you may be eligible for this for a maximum of six months
    • 16-17 years old - £35.65
    • 18 –24 years old - £46:85 per week
    • 25 and over -£59:15 per week – this may alter if you are receiving a pension or may be delayed if you haven’t received your final payment from your previous job.

  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance - If you have a low income, have been self employed or have not paid enough National Insurance contributions you may be able to claim.  You will recive less if you have savings of over £6,000 and will probably not qualify if you have savings of over £16,000 .This benefit is paid for as long as the person’s income remains less than the set amount and terms and conditions.
    • Single 18-24 £46:85 per week
    • Single 25 and over -£59:15 per week
    • Couples 18 or over £92:80 per week
    • Single parents -£59:15 per week

Jobseeker's Allowance is paid fortnightly in arrears into your bank account, building society or savings account which accepts direct payments.

What if I claim other benefits?
If circumstances change your JSA benefit made need updating therefore you should contact your personal adviser at the Jobcentre Plus office and inform them of the change. Any over payment will be recovered from you.

JSA for 16 and 17 year old people
This may be paid for a short period if you meet certain criteria relating to your circumstance these can be discussed with your personal advisor at Jobcentre Plus.

These reasons can be:

  • That you are not able to live at your parents home and are in local authority accommodation
  • You have a child
  • That you will suffer hardship without the JSA

The Jobcentre Plus team will help you find things like training programmes apprentices or employment if you have a change in your circumstances or break the terms and conditions of the benefit or refuse to work or train your payments may well be reduced.

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