Financial support available to those looking for work, or working part time
Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
JSA is for people of working age who are out of work or work fewer than 16 hours a week on average.
Means tested Jobseekers Allowance is gradually being replaced by Universal Credit for claimants.
Find out more on our Universal Credit page.
For more information about finding employment, you can also visit your local CAP club
If you're entitled to JSA or Universal Credit, you'll be given a list of conditions you must keep to. If the Jobcentre decide you haven't met the conditions of your jobseeker’s agreement, you may be sanctioned.
This means your Jobseeker’s Allowance or Universal Credit won’t be paid for a period of time.
If your benefit is sanctioned, you may be eligible for a hardship payment.
Most people won’t be able to make a new claim for Income Support and will need to claim Universal Credit instead.
You can only make a new claim for Income Support if you:
- get the severe disability premium, or
- got the severe disability premium within the last month and are still eligible for it
Find out more about the severe disability premium on GOV.UK.
If you already receive Income Support you will carry on getting it but if your circumstances change, you might have to claim Universal Credit instead.
You may also be entitled to: