If you are unemployed and aged 16/17
Very few 16/17 year olds are able to claim JSA (and Universal Credit is not an option for now) as your parents or guardian are normally expected to support you financially at least until you are 18 and longer if you stay in education. If you have left school or college less than 20 weeks ago, they may still be able to claim benefits for you see here
However you may be able to claim JSA ‘hardship payments’ in some circumstances, for example because;
- your parents are unable to support you because they are no longer getting benefits for you and are on a low income themselves or
- you are accepted as having to live away from home and you are looking for a job or training placement.
You will have to speak to the Young Person’s Work Coach at Monkgate Jobcentre who will assess your situation. You must register for work or training with Young People’s Services at Clarence Street and see a worker there on a regular basis. If you do not do this the Jobcentre can stop your benefits.
• JSA hardship: £57.90 per week (single person rate)
At 18 you may be entitled to Universal Credit or Jobseekers Allowance if you meet the rules for these. See here.