FS JSA (English) 04/12
Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) is the main Social Security benefit payable to unemployed people who are
For JSA purposes you must be: from person to person. The Northern Ireland
Housing Executive advises on rent. Land & Property
• Actively seeking work
Services advises on rates.
• Capable of work
For more help and advice about JSA contact
• Available for work
your Social Security or Jobs & Benefits office.
• 18 years of age or over (people under 18 can
Further information is available from Advice
only receive JSA under special circumstances) Centres or the Benefit Shop, Royal Avenue,
Belfast, or www.nidirect.gov.uk
You also need a “Jobseeker’s Agreement” which
lays out what you intend to do to find work. These notes give general information only and are
not a complete statement of the law.
Two types of JSA are payable: Jobseeker’s Allowance Rates
• JSA Incomebased which depends on how much
money you have coming in; and
• JSA Contributionbased which depends on the
amount of National Insurance contributions
(sometimes called stamps) you paid before you Personal allowances *
If either you or your partner are below the age at Single under 25 £56.25
which you can get Pension Credit and are sick, the
person who is sick can claim Employment and Single aged 25 or over £71.00
Support Allowance for both of you.
Lone parent aged under 18 £56.25
We use partner to mean
• a person you are married to or a person you are Lone parent aged 18 or over £71.00
living with as if you are married to them, or
Couple both 18 or over £111.45
• a civil partner or a person you live with as if you
are civil partners.
If you have both claimed JSA jointly, the sick
person may not have to meet certain JSA
* These are the basic rates only. Other amounts
are payable depending on your circumstances.
You could also receive help with certain housing You can find out more from your Social Security
costs (example, mortgage or home loan interest or Jobs & Benefits office.
payments, rent, rates). How much this is can vary
Produced for SSA(NI) by CDS 75020 02/12