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Jobseeker's Allowance

Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) is a benefit for people who are looking for work. It's now only possible to make a new claim for New Style JSA.

What is New Style JSA?

New Style JSA is extra money to help you cover your living costs while you're looking for a job. Exactly how much you could get depends on your age.

It's based on your National Insurance (NI) contributions over the past 2 years. It can be claimed either on its own or with Universal Credit.

If you already receive contribution-based JSA or income-based JSA, you can continue to do so as long as you're eligible.

Am I eligible for New Style JSA?

To qualify for New Style JSA, you must be:

  • unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours a week
  • under State Pension age
  • available and actively looking for work.

What extra money are you entitled to?

Do you know what benefits you are entitled to? Our Benefits Calculator can help you, quickly and easily, to find out what you could be claiming.

How do I claim New Style JSA?

There are a couple of ways you can claim New Style JSA:

Later in the application process, you'll have an interview with your local Jobcentre Plus. You can contact them in advance if you need any support because of a disability or health condition.

You can bring a relative or friend along to your interview for support, too.

During the interview, your adviser will write out a Jobseeker’s Agreement (known as a ‘claimant commitment’). In it, you'll set out the type of work you want and agree the steps you'll take to find a job.

If your adviser feels you’re not keeping to your Jobseeker's Agreement then your benefit could be reduced or stopped.

We're here to help

We offer support through our free advice line on 0800 678 1602. Lines are open 8am-7pm, 365 days a year. We also have specialist advisers at over 125 local Age UKs.

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Last updated: Apr 14 2022

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