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Jobseekers’ and part time workers’ benefits

Financial support available to those looking for work, or working part time

Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)

You can apply for JSA to help you while you look for work.

To apply you usually have to:

  • be 18 or over
  • be available for work
  • meet certain eligibility rules

For more information see Jobseekers Allowance on GOV.UK (opens in a new window)

For more information about finding employment, you can also visit your local CAP club


If you are entitled to JSA, you will be given a list of conditions you must keep to. You must go to a Jobcentre office when asked, known as ‘signing on’.

When you sign on you need to show your work coach what you’ve been doing to look for work. If you don’t meet the conditions, you could be sanctioned. This means your JSA won’t be paid for a period of time.

For further information see Jobseekers Allowance on GOV.UK (opens in a new window)

Income Support

You can claim Income Support if you're on a low income and meet certain criteria.

You must meet the following:

  • be between 16 and pension age
  • be pregnant, a carer, or a lone parent with a child under five
  • have a low income and limited savings
  • work less than 16 hours a week
  • live in England, Scotland or Wales

For more information see Income Support on GOV.UK (opens in a new window)

Housing Benefit

If you’re on a low income you may be able to get help with your rent.

For more information see claim Housing Benefit.

Council Tax Support

If you’re on a low income and pay Council Tax you may be able to apply for Council Tax Support.

For more information see claim Council Tax Support.