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Low Income Benefits and JSA

This section lists the categories related to claiming unemployment benefit. Check out the Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) and low income benefits in the United Kingdom.

JSA BENEFIT: The government oversees and pays the unemployment benefit called Jobseeker's Allowance.

It is an important part of the social security benefits system in the United Kingdom.

There are two different kinds of Jobseeker's Allowance. But, they are both 'slowly' getting replaced by the Universal Credit benefit system.

This section provides essential information and advice on all the principal unemployment benefits. Thus, you can link through to Income Support, Budgeting Loans, Pension Credit, and JSA.

Note: All eligible JSA claimants must state their intention to seek work. They do so by completing a Jobseeker's Agreement form and attend the New Jobseeker interview (NJI).

Being awarded the Jobseeker's Allowance benefit means you must also visit a Job Centre to 'sign on' every two weeks. The purpose is to verify that you are still 'actively' seeking for employment in the United Kingdom.

Unemployment Benefits for Jobseekers

A to Z Rights to Benefits GuideA to Z Benefits Guide

BENEFITS OVERVIEW: The A to Z list of benefits and allowances covers all categories of social welfare. Check out your rights to financial benefits and allowances in the United Kingdom.

Benefits CalculatorsBenefits Calculators

BENEFIT CALCULATOR: You can use benefits calculators to work out your entitlement rights. Benefit calculators are anonymous and free to use online.

Budgeting Loans GuideBudgeting Loans

DWP BUDGET LOAN: The Social Fund Budgeting Loan 2018 is an interest-free welfare crisis benefit. The money can help cover living essentials for vulnerable claimants on low income.

Carers Credit Allowance GuideCarers Credit

ELIGIBILITY: Contributions help to ensure carers do not lose out on social security benefits. Caring for someone means you may qualify to claim Carer's Credit.

Christmas Bonus Benefit GuideChristmas Bonus

DWP XB: You might know it as the job seekers Christmas Bonus (DWP XB). Even so, £10 Christmas payments go out to almost all claimants who get certain benefits in the qualifying week.

Constant Attendance Allowance GuideConstant Attendance Allowance

CAA: A claim for the Constant Attendance Allowance relates to the amount of care needed. Check how the extent of a disability determines how much you can get.

Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment SchemeDiffuse Mesothelioma Payments

COMPENSATION: Two different schemes compensate people diagnosed with the asbestos related disease. One is Diffuse mesothelioma payments and the other is the DMPS.

Disability Premiums GuideDisability Premium

ENTITLEMENT: The guide clarifies exactly what is a Disability Premium and how to get it. Check the list for all current Disability Premiums rates in 2018.

Employment and Support Allowance GuideEmployment Support Allowance

ESA: The Employment and Support Allowance is a financial benefit given to those who are unable to work. It also provides personalised help for those who need special assistance to be in work.

Income Support GuideIncome Support

ENTITLEMENT: You might get Income Support if your salary and private savings are below the threshold. You are also likely to qualify if you do not sign on as unemployed.

Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) GuideJobseeker's Allowance (JSA)

JSA BENEFIT: The Jobseeker's Allowance is the main unemployment benefit for those who are searching for work. JSA benefit helps to cover the living expenses of qualified job seekers while they find employment.

IN WORK: As a rule, working while claiming JSA is allowed and encouraged. But, the employment must be part time and the job-hunting for longer working hours must continue.

Job Grant GuideJob Grant and In Work Credit

JOB GRANTS STOPPED IN 2013: Claimants can no longer apply for Job Grant, In Work Credit, or for Return to Work Credit. But, you may qualify for other support and help moving from benefits to work.

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit GuideIndustrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

IIDB GUIDE: A detailed section explaining everything about Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit. The guide includes current IIDB rates, eligibility, and how to claim the payments.

Understanding Pension Credit GuaranteePension Credit

CALCULATOR: The government Pension Credit calculator provides you with a payment estimate. The amount you get depends on your family and financial circumstances when you claim.

ENTITLEMENT: Two elements combine to make up an income-related benefit for some pensioners. Check if you meet the Pension Credit eligibility criteria and how much you might get.

NHS Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC) GuidePrescription Prepayment Certificate

NHS PPC: You can now get a 3 or 12 month NHS prepayment card online. It could save you money if you need to buy a lot of prescribed medicines.

Reduced Earnings Allowance GuideReduced Earnings Allowance

REA: What is the Reduced Earnings Allowance? REA is a weekly payment for qualifying claimants whose income drops because of a work-related disease or accident.

Support for Mortgage Interest GuideSupport for Mortgage Interest

SMI RULES: The Support for Mortgage Interest scheme can help to cover the cost of mortgage and loan interest payments. Find out what you could get if you are be a homeowner.

MIRO RULES: In some cases, Mortgage Interest Run On benefit can provide financial help with housing costs. It may apply when certain income-based benefits are about to stop.

Universal Credit GuideUniversal Credit

UC GUIDE: The Universal Credit roll out continues in stages across the United Kingdom. The new benefit system will provide a regular payment to help with the cost of living.

Low Income Benefits and the Jobseeker's Allowance Category Overview