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How much do you get?

Contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance (Unemployment Benefit)

When claiming unemployment benefit your JSA rate is calculated based on your age

  • Age 16 – 25 will receive £56.80 per week
  • Age 25 or over will receive £71.70 per week
  • Payments may be reduced if you're getting a pension.

Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (Unemployment Benefit)

The maximum rates are:

  • Single people aged 16 – 24 will receive £56.80
  • Single people aged 25 or over will receive £71.70
  • Couples and civil partnerships (both aged 18 or over) will receive £112.55
  • Lone parents (aged under 18): £56.80
  • Lone parents (aged 18 or over): £71.70

Payments may be reduced if you are in part-time employment from which you receive an income. You'll get less if you have savings over £6,000. If you have savings over £16,000 you probably won't qualify.

Your payments may also be less if you are receiving a pension. For contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance Jobcentre Plus do not take into account the first £50 of your pension.

If your partner or civil partner works 24 hours or more a week on average, you can't usually get income-based Jobseekers Allowance (contribution-based Jobseekers allowance isn't affected). If they work less than 24 hours, it may affect how much you get.