ESA Jobseeker’s Allowance

If you have recently been diagnosed with an illness or disability that limits your ability to work, and you may have applied to ESA for assistance as you heal and attempt to re-find work. If you have been receiving benefits for ESA, and have found that you are feeling better and are motivated to find work, it may be a good time to move forward and apply for Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), which is a financial assistance benefit that can assist you as you begin your search for work. Signing up is incredibly easy, and all of the information you may be seeking can easily be found on the ESA website!

To start, you must first find out if you are eligible Jobseeker’s Allowance that was developed to assist you once you begin the process of looking for work. First, you need to head to your local Jobcentre Plus office location to file your initial claim. You will then be required to attend an interview at the location as well. There are two types of can get receive, they are based on either your Class 1 National Insurance contributions (‘contribution-based JSA’) and your income and savings (‘income-based JSA’), your Jobcentre Plus agency will be able to determine which of the two categories you will fit under. Once you have successfully been approved to start receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance benefits, to keep receiving them, you will merely have to hold up your end of the deal by steadily seeking and applying to work. If you do not stick to the Jobseeker’s Allowance agreement and fail to look for work, while being unable to provide them with a good reason as to why you have not been looking, the agreement will be terminated and your benefits will cease.

There is additionally a maximum amount of benefits that you can receive, however how much you are entitled to depends on a number of various considerations such as your age, your income and any savings you may have. Be sure to visit the ESA website for further details and information. You can even take advantage of their highly-useful benefits calculator to find out just how much Jobseeker’s Allowance you can receive, and also how (if at all) the other benefits you have been receiving will be affected. Additionally, if should be noted that you cannot receive income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit at the same time. Payments are typically paid every 2 weeks and all benefits, pensions and allowances are paid into your specific account (such as a bank account).

If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to reach out to your local Jobcentre Plus agency or visit the ESA website and call their ESA  phone number for all further details and information pertaining to the very helpful benefit of Jobseeker’s Allowance. There is an abundance of information on the ESA website for whatever questions or concerns you may be asking yourself, don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance if at any time you feel in question or are unsure with how to proceed.