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Job Seeker's Allowance

Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) is paid to help people who are unemployed or on a low income that are out there looking for a job.

There’s a maximum amount you can get - but how much you’re entitled to depends on things like your age, income and savings.

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You can apply for Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) to help you when you look for work.

 

What you need to do

 

Check you’re eligible.

You will initially need to make a claim for Job Seekers Allowance, your JSA payments will be stopped if you don’t keep to your agreement to look for work and can’t give a good reason.

 

What you’ll get

There’s a maximum amount you can get - but how much you’re entitled to depends on things like your age, income and savings.

 

Job Seeker's Allowance weekly amounts at ages as indicated

18 to 24 up to £57.90

25 or over up to £73.10

Couples (both aged over 18) up to £114.85

 

How you’re paid

Payments are usually made every 2 weeks.

 

All benefits, pensions and allowances are usually paid into your bank, building society or credit union account.

 

Eligibility

You could get Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) if all of the following apply:

 

1. You’re 18 or over (there are some exceptions if you’re 16 or 17 - contact Jobcentre Plus for advice)

2. You’re under State Pension age

3. You’re not in full-time education

4. You’re in England, Scotland or Wales

5. You’re available for work

6. You’re actively seeking work

7. You work on average less than 16 hours per week

 

The rules are different in Northern Ireland.

 

You need to be entitled to apply for Universal Credit to claim ‘new style’ JSA.

 

Claim with your partner (joint claim)

You must make a joint claim with your partner if all the following apply:

 

1. You both want to claim JSA

2. At least one of you is 18 or over

3. You’re both under State Pension age

4. Neither of you are responsible for a child

 

Contact Jobcentre Plus if you’re not sure about making a joint claim.

 

If you live in Northern Ireland, contact your local Social Security or Jobs and Benefits Office.

 

18 to 19 year olds

You can’t usually get JSA if your parents receive Child Benefit for you.

 

If you’ve just left education, you won’t be able to get JSA until your parents stop getting Child Benefit for you. You may be able to get Income Support instead.

 

Full-time students

Full-time students can’t usually get JSA until their course has officially finished - check the date with your college or university.

 

If you have children, you may be able to claim JSA during the summer holiday.

 

Part-time students

You can get JSA while studying part time (including part-time Open University Courses) as long as:

 

1. You take a job if it’s offered to you

2. You do everything you can to look for work, as agreed with your work coach

 

If you want to take a short course (2 weeks or less), check with your work coach before you start.

 

New or recently returned to the UK

You may be able to get JSA if you can prove you’ve been living in the UK, the Isle of Man, the Republic of Ireland or the Channel Islands for at least 3 months before you claim, and you’re either:

 

1. A UK national who’s recently returned from abroad and you haven’t worked since coming back

2. An EEA national

 

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Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) is paid to help people who are unemployed or on a low income that are out there looking for a job.

There’s a maximum amount you can get - but how much you’re entitled to depends on things like your age, income and savings.

What would you like to do?

Please click the appropriate link.