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What you'll get with Jobseeker’s Allowance

There are 2 types of Jobseeker's Allowance:

  • Contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance pays £73.10 a week.

    You can get this if you’ve paid enough National Insurance contributions over the last 2 years. It’s paid for up to 6 months. You may get less if you have income from a part-time job or a private pension.

  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance pays £73.10 a week if you’re single and £114.85 a week if you’re a couple.

    The amount of income-based Jobseeker's Allowance you get may vary according to your age and whether you get disability or carer’s benefits. It’s means-tested so the amount you get will be affected by your savings.

You can’t get income-based Jobseeker's Allowance if you have over £16,000 in savings, if you work over 16 hours a week, and if your partner (if you have one) works 24 or more hours a week.

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