Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) is a benefit paid to eligible people who are currently unemployed and actively looking for work.
You can claim JSA if you are:
- actively looking for work or working fewer than 16 hours per week
- over 18 but below State Pension age
- living in England, Scotland or Wales
If you are unemployed but not actively seeking work you may instead be able to claim Income Support or, if you are sick or disabled, Employment and Support Allowance. For more information see eligibility conditions for Income Support or eligibility conditions for Employment and Support Allowance.
There are 2 types of JSA: contribution-based and income-based.
If you receive JSA (income-based) you may be able to get help with the cost of your mortgage and other home loans. For more information see help with housing costs.