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

  1. Check you’re eligible.

  2. Make a claim for ‘new style’ JSA or contribution or income-based JSA

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.