JSA 2022: Why should you claim the JSA New Style?

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Ppeople unemployed or working less than 16 hours per week in the UK may be eligible to receive the new New Style Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), which is a bi-monthly payment and can be claimed either on its own or when you also receive Universal Credit.

The New JSA Style is a contribution-based benefit, so if you have paid and / or have sufficient credits through national insurance contributions during the two full tax years preceding the year for which you are applying, you should be able to receive them.

If you are eligible for New JSA Style, you can receive payment up to 182 days. After this point, your work coach will talk to you about your options for the future.

For those who qualify for both the New JSA Style and Universal Credit, the money you receive from New JSA Style will be considered as income for Universal Credit.

Why should I claim New Style JSA

When claiming the New JSA Style, your savings and capital – or that of your partner – are not taken into account, although your income and the money you receive from a pension may affect the amount of money you receive.

While you are receiving the New JSA Styleyou will be granted class 1 national insurance and this may help pay for your state pension and other benefits in the future.

Am I eligible?

In order to qualify for the New JSA Style, you will usually need to have worked in the last two or three years as an employee while having paid Class 1 National Insurance contributions.

In addition, you must be unemployed or work less than 16 hours per week.

You will also have had to demonstrate a desire to find a new job, following the tips for working safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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