New style Jobseeker's Allowance
Depending on your circumstances you may be able to claim new style Jobseeker's Allowance.
You may be able to get new style Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) if you meet the entry conditions for Universal Credit (UC) in the area you live. UC is available for single jobseekers throughout Great Britain, it is also available to couples and families in some jobcentre areas.
You may get new style JSA if you’ve paid or been credited with enough National Insurance contributions.
You can get new style JSA for up to 182 days – after this, your entitlement will end and your work coach will advise you of your options.
New style JSA can be claimed instead of, or as well as, UC depending on your circumstances. If you claim both benefits your new style JSA payment will be deducted from your UC payment.
Differences between new style JSA and UC
The differences between new style JSA and UC are:
- new style JSA is paid to an individual, UC is a single household payment
- new style JSA doesn’t take into account any savings you have
- if you have a partner who is working, their earnings don’t affect your new style JSA payment
- UC can include money for your rent or childcare costs, new style JSA doesn’t
- new style JSA stops if you work 16 hours a week or more, UC looks at earnings you get, not the number of hours you work
- new style JSA is paid fortnightly and UC is paid monthly
Find out more about Universal Credit
Payment of new style JSA
New style JSA is paid fortnightly in arrears into your bank, building society or credit union account.
What you’ll get
|up to £57.90||18 to 24 year olds|
|up to £73.10||25 and over|
If you claim both new style JSA and UC, your new style JSA payment will be deducted from your UC payment.
If you get new style JSA, you will get class 1 National Insurance credits. In some circumstances you may only get these credits and no money – this is known as a “credits only” claim.
How to claim new style JSA
The way you claim new style JSA depends on where you live.
Universal Credit full service
Universal Credit live service
If your jobcentre area is not listed with an asterisk* or not listed, then you live in a Universal Credit live service area, and will claim new style JSA by calling the Universal Credit live service helpline below.
Universal Credit live service helpline
Telephone: 0345 600 0723
Textphone: 0345 600 0743
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
If you’re not eligible to claim Universal Credit in your area then new style JSA won’t apply to you. You may want to claim Jobseeker’s Allowance.