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Jobseekers' and part time or low paid workers' benefits

Jobseekers' and part time or low paid workers' benefits

You can get support if you’re currently looking for a job or on low pay

Universal Credit for jobseekers

If you are looking for work or in low paid work, you might be entitled to Universal Credit.

Use our benefits calculator to see whether you qualify.

Find out more on our Universal Credit page.

Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)

JSA is for people of working age who are out of work or work fewer than 16 hours a week on average.

Most people can’t make a new claim for JSA and need to claim Universal Credit instead.

If you already receive JSA you will carry on getting it but if your circumstances change, you might have to claim Universal Credit instead. The Government will start to move people in Bristol who receive JSA onto Universal Credit in 2020.

‘New style’ JSA

You can make a new claim for new style JSA if you have paid enough National Insurance (NI) contributions. This is limited to 26 weeks.

Find out more about ‘new style’ JSA on Gov.uk.

Income based JSA

You can only make a new claim for income based JSA if you:

  • get the severe disability premium, or
  • got the severe disability premium within the last month and are still eligible for it

Find out more about the severe disability premium on Gov.uk.

Find out more about income based JSA on Gov.uk.

Sanctions

If Jobcentre Plus decide you haven't met the conditions of your jobseeker’s agreement (claimant commitment) you may be sanctioned.

This means your Jobseeker’s Allowance or Universal Credit won't be paid for a specified length of time. It's important to carry on meeting the jobseeking conditions while you're sanctioned, otherwise your claim will be closed.

If you had a good reason for what you did, you should tell Jobcentre Plus what this was. If your benefit is sanctioned, you may be eligible for a hardship payment.

For more information about what you can do to avoid a sanction, or ask for the decision to be looked at again, see our factsheet (pdf, 328KB) (opens new window) .

Find out more about when payment can be stopped on GOV.UK.

Information about sanctions on GOV.UK.

Income Support

Most people won’t be able to make a new claim for Income Support and will need to claim Universal Credit instead.

You can only make a new claim for Income Support if you:

  • get the severe disability premium, or
  • got the severe disability premium within the last month and are still eligible for it

Find out more about the severe disability premium on Gov.uk.

If you already receive Income Support you will carry on getting it but if your circumstances change, you might have to claim Universal Credit instead. The Government will start to move people in Bristol who receive Income Support onto Universal Credit in 2020.

Find out more about Income Support on GOV.UK

You may also be entitled to

Emergency payments (local crisis and prevention fund)

Housing Benefit

Council Tax Reduction

Carer's Allowance

Budgeting loans on GOV.UK

Working Tax Credit on GOV.UK

Child Tax Credit on GOV.UK

Universal Credit