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- Jobseeker's Allowance is a benefit for people who are unemployed, but capable of working.
- To claim, you must over 18, not in full-time education and be able to prove you are actively looking for work.
- There are two types of Jobseeker's Allowance and both can be claimed at your local Jobcentre Plus.
- Contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- This is based on your national insurance contributions. If you have been working and paying NI within the last few years, you might qualify.
It is paid for a maximum of six months. After that, you may get income-based Jobseeker's Allowance.
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- If you do not have enough national insurance contributions to get contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance, you might be able to get income-based Jobseeker's allowance instead.
- You can also get income-based Jobseeker's Allowance on top of a contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance, depending on your circumstances. For example, if you gave a partner, are disabled or caring for a disabled person.
- To claim Jobseeker's Allowance, you must either not be working or working less than 16 hours a week.
- You must be available for work and actively searching for work to claim. This means you are able to start any work immediately and are continuously looking for a job. In order to ensure you are meeting these requirements, you will have regular meetings at your local Jobcentre Plus
- If you are unsure about your right to claim, please contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau or Jobcentre Plus