jobseeker's allowance

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A taxable benefit that replaced both unemployment benefit and income support for jobseekers from October 1996. Those with National Insurance contributions can claim contribution-based JSA, which is paid for up to six months. Those without NI contributions can claim income-based JSA, which is payable for as long as the claimant satisfies the rules. JSA is only paid to those who are available for work, are actively seeking work, and who have signed a Jobseeker's Agreement.

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