How it works
You can apply for Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) to help you when you look for work.
This guide is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).
What you need to do
You do not need to go to JSA interviews and appointments at the moment because of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Check if you’re eligible for Universal Credit. If you are, you could get Universal Credit at the same time or instead of ‘new style’ JSA.
What you’ll get
There’s a maximum amount you can get - but how much you’re entitled to depends on things like your age, income and savings.
Use a benefits calculator to check how much JSA you can get, and how your other benefits will be affected.
|Age||JSA weekly amount|
|Up to 24||up to ￡58.90|
|25 or over||up to ￡74.35|
|Couples (both aged over 18)||up to ￡116.80|
How you’re paid
Payments are usually made every 2 weeks.
All benefits, pensions and allowances are usually paid into your bank, building society or credit union account.
If you’re moving to Universal Credit from income-based JSA
If your income-based JSA claim is ending because you’re making a new claim for Universal Credit, you’ll automatically continue to get the amount of JSA you currently receive, as long as you’re still eligible. You’ll normally get this for 2 weeks, starting from the date of your new claim.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will write to you telling you how this works.
You do not need to pay this money back, and it will not affect the amount of Universal Credit you get.