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    Job seeker allowance- can/should I claim?

    Graduated from uni, looking for jobs now. Should I claim job seekers in meantime?
    Any drawbacks if I claim?

    Thanks for any advice.

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    You'll only be eligible for means tested JSA so you may not qualify.

    job, pff no need for one, get on JSA, kick back with a couple of cans of special brew

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    master_chief;8695059

    You'll only be eligible for means tested JSA so you may not qualify.



    Also, would I apply for 'contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance' or 'income-based Jobseeker's Allowance :thinking:

    ele-font;8695083

    What's JSA? Sorry I'm new to this.Also, would I apply for … What's JSA? Sorry I'm new to this.Also, would I apply for 'contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance' or 'income-based Jobseeker's Allowance :thinking:



    Job Seeker's Allowance

    ele-font;8695083

    Also, would I apply for 'contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance' or … Also, would I apply for 'contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance' or 'income-based Jobseeker's Allowance :thinking:



    Have you had a job in which you have contributed? if not, it needs to be income based

    Do it

    Its poor money, but you get your NI contributions paid

    Not the worst company in the world in helping you find a job either

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    ivegotalobon;8695115

    Have you had a job in which you have contributed? if not, it needs to be … Have you had a job in which you have contributed? if not, it needs to be income based



    Have had part time- temp work in the past where I did pay NI contributions.

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    ele-font;8695135

    Have had part time- temp work in the past where I did pay NI … Have had part time- temp work in the past where I did pay NI contributions.



    You can apply online these days, fill out the forms and see what happens.

    I am in the same boat really, I've paid NI contributions before, I claimed JSA once for a month and all the jobs they were trying to 'help' me with were all telesales related as I have experience as a Team Leader, yet I specifically stated I would not work telesales, as I'll just be unemployed again in a month!

    yes apply for it and if you are renting your house etc apply for council tax rebate - happened to me when i graduated i didn't apply for anyhting and ended up worse off council tax for example sent me a bill within a month of me graduating demanding money in full

    good luck on your job search - its a very very tough time for graduates :thumbsup:

    awoodhall2003;8695214

    I am in the same boat really, I've paid NI contributions before, I … I am in the same boat really, I've paid NI contributions before, I claimed JSA once for a month and all the jobs they were trying to 'help' me with were all telesales related as I have experience as a Team Leader, yet I specifically stated I would not work telesales, as I'll just be unemployed again in a month!




    yeah job centre are no use helping with skilled jobs or graduate jobs all they think is a job is a job

    good luck to all you graduates its very tough i finished my post grad last year still no further forward getting a decent paid job so off abroad in September

    Original Poster

    shedboy66;8695223

    good luck on your job search - its a very very tough time for graduates … good luck on your job search - its a very very tough time for graduates :thumbsup:


    thanks will need it :thumbsup:

    Just come across this :oops:
    • not have been in full-time education or training in the last four years
    ..? Should I apply anyway?

    Im on it, been a graduate since Sept. Bit depressing but still 50 odd quid a week.

    I'm in same position - I was told the offiical date that I'm no longer a uni student and the advisers told us if we hadn't got a job by then to get on JSA whilst we looked.

    anything you claim is good as long as they pay your stamp .. ( NI )

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    JohnBall;8695269

    Im on it, been a graduate since Sept. Bit depressing but still 50 odd … Im on it, been a graduate since Sept. Bit depressing but still 50 odd quid a week.


    do you know if you're currently on income based or contribution based?

    Contribution based is if you have been paying national insurance over the last yr, and income based is based on your savings and havent worked you have to have less than £16k in the bank then you can claim income based if not you have to spend your savings first.

    If you go on contribution based your on that for 6 months, then they look into putting you on income based if you still havent found a job (only if you have less than £16k)

    Hope this makes sense.,

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    ele-font;8695259

    thanks will need it :thumbsup:Just come across this :oops:• not have been … thanks will need it :thumbsup:Just come across this :oops:• not have been in full-time education or training in the last four years..? Should I apply anyway?


    obviously not then
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