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Benefits

Benefits for people looking for work

General Benefits Information for People looking for Work

Advice Guide Citizens Advice Bureau guide to benefits for people looking for work

Jobcentreplus guide to people who are out or work

Jobseekers Allowance

Jobseekers Allowance (contribution-based)

This is an income replacement benefit for people of working age (16-60/65) who are working less than 16 hours per week and who are available for and actively seeking work. If the client is working less than 16 hours per week, the earnings reduce the amount of benefit pound for pound after the first £5 (first £20 in some cases).Jobseekers Allowance (contribution-based) is paid for a period of up to 26 weeks and cannot be paid at the same time and to the same person as any other income replacement benefit.

Jobseekers Allowance (income-based)

This is a means-tested benefit for people of working age (16-60/65) who are working less than 16 hours per week (partners less than 24) and who are available for and actively seeking work.

Jobcentreplus guide to jobseekers allowance

Advice Guide Citizens Advice Bureau guide to jobseekers allowance

New Deal

In some cases, attendance on a training scheme or employment programme is compulsory for people who are in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance.

Jobcentreplus guide to New Deal schemes

Volunteering and Benefits

There are special rules around capacity for work and availability for work and treatment of volunteer expenses as income for means-tested benefits.

Department of Work and Pensions guide to volunteering while on benefits