Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA)

Is a weekly amount paid to help you while you seek employment.  How much money you receive will depend on your personal circumstances and the type of JSA you are entitled to.  To qualify you have to be above 16 years of age and below state pension age and available to work.

The application for JSA is made by telephone, the number for which can be obtained online or via your local Job Centre Plus.  If you are in a temporary contract you can apply online for JSA 7 days before your temporary contract ends.  You then attend a Job Centre every two weeks to (Sign On) demonstrating when you go what efforts you have been making to find suitable employment.

There are two types of JSA and neither affect Child Tax Credit or Child Benefit.

Contributions JSA you would be entitled to for only 182 days (about six months), after this period you might be entitled to Income Based JSA, which is for if you have not paid enough National Insurance Contributions or are on a low income.

Payments are made every two weeks directly into a bank account.

On occasions, unfortunately people find for some reason or another that their benefit has become sanctioned (reduced or completely removed for up to four weeks).  4UP can help advise how to seek resolution of this situation.