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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.