The JOBSEEKER’S Allowance (JSA) has been replaced with Universal Credit for most claimants – but a ‘new style’ version exists.
Here’s what you need to know about applying, eligibility, and how much you can claim.
How to claim unemployment benefits
The first thing to do before applying for the JSA is to check if you are eligible.
It’s no longer based on income – that part has been replaced with General Credit – but now it’s contribution-based.
JSA is for people who are in between jobs no more than 182 days – it’s different from tax credits and income support.
Government website has benefit calculator that helps you figure out what you’re owed.
Once you know you’re entitled to a JSA, you can claim it by filling out an online form.
You will then be invited for an interview at your local Job Center, which will set up your payment process and advise you on returning to work.
Who is entitled to the JSA?
You can get a Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) if the following apply:
- you are 18 or older (there are some exceptions if you are 16 or 17 – Contact Jobcentre Plus for advice)
- you are below Pension scheme grow old
- you don’t study full time
- you are in England, Scotland or Wales (there is a different application process for Northern Ireland)
- Are you ready to work?
- Are you actively looking for a job?
- you work an average of less than 16 hours per week
- Your partner, if you have one, works less than 24 hours a week on average
- you have signed an agreement to find employment (‘Requester’s Pledge’)
- you do not have an illness or disability that prevents you from working
Your partner’s finances and the amount of savings you have will not affect your claim.
How much is unemployment benefit and how is it paid?
You can get a maximum amount – but how much you get depends on factors like your age, income and savings.
Use one benefit calculator to check how much JSA you may receive, and how your other benefits will be affected.
Those aged 24 and under receive up to £59.20, while those aged 25 and over can claim up to £74.70.
Payments are made every two weeks.
All benefits, pensions and benefits are paid directly to your bank account, building organization or credit union.
Claimants have been warned that they may become ineligible for essential payments if they decline a job offer under the new regulations.
Under current rules, claimants can spend three months searching for a job that matches their experience.
But that time is now reduced to just four weeksat which point the British would accept whatever was available.
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