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What is Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) ?

You can apply for Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) to help you when you look for work.

Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) is a benefit for people who are unemployed but capable of work. To get Jobseeker’s Allowance you also have to meet several other conditions, which include showing that you are looking for work.

Before you make a claim, you should check if you can get Jobseeker’s Allowance. You might need to claim Universal Credit instead.

Please note, though that there are 3 tpes of JSA and you can only apply for contribution-based and income-based JSA if you either:

·        get severe disability premium

·        got severe disability premium within the last month and are still eligible for it

If not, you can only apply for ‘new style’ JSA. New style JSA works in the same way as contribution-based JSA. You can claim new style JSA with Universal Credit, which has replaced income-based JSA.

DO YOU NEED HELP TO MAKE A NEW UNIVERSAL CREDIT CLAIM?

Citizens Advice Isle of Wight can support you to make a new claim for Universal Credit, from opening your account to receiving your first full payment.

CONTACT THE HELP TO CLAIM UNIVERSAL CREDIT TEAM:

– Email [email protected] and a local team member will call you back as soon as they can.

– Contact the national Help to Claim team on 0800 144 8 444 to speak to an adviser on the telephone. Lines are open from 8am to 6pm.

– Visit the national Citizens Advice website for a webchat.

For Citizens Advice IOW Help to Claim Sessions please click here

For More Information and Eligibility Please Click on the Links Below:

Citizens Advice Information – Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)

GOV.UK

AGE UK – Jobseekers Allowance

Citizens Advice IOW

Call Adviceline on 03444 111 444*

*Adviceline is open 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday.