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Benefits for out of work, looking for work, or in work parents

Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) is a means tested benefit for people who are not working.  There are 2 types of JSA....

  • contribution based JSA
  • income based JSA

Contribution based JSA is paid to people who are unemployed and who have paid enough National Insurance contributions recently.  It is paid for 6 months (26 weeks) only.  After that time, if you and your household is still on a very low income, you may be able to claim income based JSA.

Income Support can also be paid as a ‘top up’ if you are working less than 16 hours per week. 

For more information on JSA and Income Support, you can contact the Benefits Enquiry Line on 0800 88 22 00.

More information on all the benefits outlined above can also be found on www.direct.gov.uk or on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) website at www.dwp.gov.uk

In work Benefits

Working Tax Credit (WTC) can provide extra money for families where a parent works 16 hours per week or more. It is.......  

means tested so the amount you get will depend on your circumstances and annual income (but does not include savings).  There are several ‘elements’ that make up Working Tax Credit and extra help can be awarded if you have childcare costs.

WTC is administered by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (formerly the Inland Revenue) – now known as HMRC.

For more information on Working and Child Tax Credit, you can call the Tax Credit Helpline on 0845 300 3 900.  The website address is: www.hmrc.gov.uk/taxcredits  

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