Jobseeker's Allowance is a benefit for people who are either unemployed or who are working less than 16 hours a week.
There are two types of Jobseeker's Allowance:
- A contribution-based allowance that is payable for up to six months to people who have paid enough National Insurance contributions.
- A means-tested allowance that can be paid indefinitely if your income and savings are low enough.
Ourdescribes who is eligible for Jobseeker's Allowance, how to claim, and how to deal with some of the various problems that can arise while a claim is ongoing.
New claims from September 2015
Universal Credit is a new government means tested benefit that provides help to working age people who do not have enough money to live on. It is being rolled out gradually in County Durham, starting in September 2015.
Initially this will affect only new claims from single people without children and without mortgage costs who would previously have claimed Jobseeker's Allowance. If you're already claiming benefits, you don't need to do anything. You will be advised when any changes will affect you.