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If you're under pension age and capable of working, Jobseeker’s Allowance can give you a weekly income while you look for work.
There are two types of Jobseeker’s Allowance – contribution-based and income-related. You may be entitled to contribution-based allowance if you’ve paid enough national insurance contributions in the last two complete tax years. Generally, self-employed contributions will not help you qualify for contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance. Income-related Jobseeker’s Allowance is based on your income and savings.
Advisers at your local Jobcentre will give you ongoing help with your job search. If you need specialist advice because of an illness or disability, ask to see a disability employment adviser.
Apply online at direct.gov.uk/doitonline| or call Jobcentre Plus on 0800 055 6688. You will need to attend an interview with an adviser at your local Jobcentre.
Contact your local Social Security or Jobs and Benefits office| to arrange an appointment for an interview with an adviser.
The Access to Work| programme can help if a person’s long-term health condition affects the way they do their job. It gives employees and employers advice and support to meet the additional costs that may arise because of the employee’s health condition.
The scheme may pay for special aids and equipment needed in the workplace as a direct result of employee’s condition, travel to work if the employee can’t use public transport, or a support worker. See the Directgov website |for contact details of your local centre, or ask to speak to a disability employment adviser at your local Jobcentre.
The Access to Work (NI) programme provides support to disabled people and their employers to help overcome work-related obstacles resulting from a disability. Speak to a disability employment adviser for more information. You can also find out more about the scheme at nidirect.gov.uk.|
Look through your insurance policies and you may find that you're covered for loss of income, medical treatment, credit cards, mortgage payments and other expenses. It's certainly worth checking.
Content last reviewed: 1 April 2012
Next planned review: 2013
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Order a copy of our guide for employers and people living with cancer from our be.Macmillan| site. The booklet covers employment rights and coping with the effects of treatment at work.
This booklet is for anyone who is working, either full or part-time, while caring for someone with cancer. You can order a copy from our be.Macmillan| website.
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