Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) and Rapid Reclaim contact numbers: Telephone: 08000556688. Textphone: 08000234888. Welsh language line: 08000121888. Lines are open Monday to Friday 8.00 am - 6.00 pm.
A Rapid Reclaim for Jobseeker’s Allowance form can be filled out online here. Contact your local Social Security office if you live in North Ireland.
Those who have paid enough National Insurance contributions may be eligible for contribution-based JSA. Under 24s will receive up to £56.25. Over 25s can receive up to £71.
Those who have not paid enough National Insurance may be eligible for income based JSA. Those single and under 25 can receive up to £56.25. Single people 25 and over qualify for up to £71. Couples may receive up to £111.45. Lone parents may qualify for up to £71.
As of April 2013 a benefit cap will be enforced in the council areas of Bromley, Croydon, Enfield, and Haringey. All other areas will be affected by the cap by the end of September 2013.
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