If you are unemployed and have paid enough National Insurance contributions, you are likely to be entitled to JSA. Jobseeker’s Allowance comes in three different forms: contribution-based, ‘new style’ JSA and income-based. They pay the same personal allowance, but the application process is different for each type. If you are currently claiming Universal Credit, this contributory benefit is the ‘new style’ Jobseeker’s Allowance.
How much is Jobseeker’s Allowance per week?
Each type of JSA will pay the same amount of ‘personal allowance’ each week if you are eligible.
You can get up to:
- £58.90 if you are 18 to 24
- £74.35 if you are 25 and over
- £116.80 if you claim income-related JSA as a couple
The exact amount you can get will depend on your circumstances – for example, your payment might be less if you get a pension or work part-time.
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Universal Credit has recently replaced income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance for most people.
You can only make a new claim for income-based JSA if you’re getting, or recently stopped getting, a benefit with a severe disability premium (SDP).
If you haven’t been getting an SDP, you might be able to apply for Universal Credit instead.
If you should have been getting an SDP but it wasn’t included in your benefits, you should contact your nearest Citizens’ Advice Bureau as soon as possible.
What do I need to claim JSA?
You can claim JSA if you’re 18 and over and under State Pension age and are:
- Working less than 16 hours a week
- Available to work full time
- Actively looking for full-time work
- Not in full-time education
- Not claiming Income Support
- Don’t have a disability or illness preventing you work working