Unemployment Work Programme The Work Programme is delivered for Jobcentre Plus by specialist organisations, called ‘providers’. • Your provider will give you all the support you need to find and stay in work, even if: • you change benefits • you get a job The Work Programme may include you taking part in activities to help you find work like: • work experience • training and further support Job Seekers Allowance If you’re getting Jobseeker’s Allowance, you may have to take part in the Work Programme after: • nine months - if you’re aged 18 to 24 • 12 months - if you’re 25 or over • Who can get Jobseeker's Allowance? • To get Jobseeker's Allowance you must be: • available for, capable of and actively seeking work • aged 18 or over but below State Pension age • working less than 16 hours per week on average, depending on the amount of your wage in Great Britain Age Amount Aged 16 – 24 £53.45 Aged 25 or over £67.50 Type of person Amount Single people, aged under 25£53.45 Single people, aged 25 or over£67.50 Couples and civil partnerships (both aged 18 or over)£105.95 Lone parent (aged under 18)£53.45 Lone parent (aged 18 or over)£67.50 Youth Unemployment • UK unemployment rose by 129,000 in the three months to September to 2.62 million, as youth unemployment rose above a million. • The unemployment rate for 16 to 24-year-olds stands at more than double the rate for the wider population, at 21.9%.
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