How it works
You can apply for Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) to help you when you look for work.
What you need to do
Make a claim (external link) and go to an interview at your local Jobcentre Plus office
Keep to your agreement (external link) to look for work
Your JSA payments will be stopped (external link) if you do not keep to your agreement to look for work and cannot give a good reason.
Check if you’re eligible for Universal Credit (external link). If you are, you could get Universal Credit at the same time or instead of ‘new style’ JSA.
What you’ll get
There’s a maximum amount you can get - but how much you’re entitled to depends on things like your age, income and savings.
Use a benefits calculator (external link) to check how much JSA you can get, and how your other benefits will be affected.
|Amount of JSA you may be entitled to|
|Up to age 24||£67.20 per week|
|Aged 25 or over||£84.80 per week|
How you’re paid
Payments are usually made every 2 weeks.
All benefits, pensions and allowances are usually paid into your bank, building society or credit union account (external link).