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Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) is a benefit to support people while they look for work. Eligibility:

  • worked as an employee and paid Class 1 National Insurance contributions, usually in the last 2 to 3 years.
  • be 18 or over (there are some exceptions if youre 16 or 17)
  • be under the State Pension age
  • not be in full-time education
  • be available for work
  • not be working at the moment, or be working less than 16 hours per week on average
  • not have an illness or disability which stops you from working
  • live in England, Scotland or Wales
  • have the right to work in the UK

JSA is being slowly phased out and replaced by Universal Credit. For more details on JSA and how it’s being replaced, see the Government website.

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