Employed or Looking for Work

This page contains information about welfare benefits that may be available to you.

Contribution Based Jobseekers Allowance

Jobseeker’s Allowance is a benefit for people of working age who are out of work or work less than 16 hours a week on average. If you're eligible, it is paid while you're looking for work. You may be entitled to claim contribution-based Jobseekers Allowance if you have paid enough National Insurance contributions. Jobcentre Plus can pay this for up to 182 days.

Working Tax Credit

Working Tax Credit is based on the hours you work and get paid for, or expect to be paid for. You can claim whether you're an employee or a self-employed person. But unpaid work doesn't count for Working Tax Credit.

Income Based Jobseekers Allowance

Jobseeker’s Allowance is a benefit for people of working age who are out of work or work less than 16 hours a week on average. If you're eligible, it is paid while you're looking for work. This is based on your income and savings. You may get this if you have not paid enough National Insurance Contributions or you've only paid contributions for self-employment and you're on a low income.

Housing Benefit

If you're on a low income, whether you're working or not, and need financial help to pay your rent, you may be able to get Housing Benefit.

Council Tax Support

If you're on a low income, whether you're working or not, and need financial help to pay your Council Tax, you may be able to get Council Tax Support.

Mortgage Interest Run On

Mortgage Interest Run On (MIRO) is an extra four weeks of money you can get towards paying your housing costs if certain other benefits are stopping because you're returning to work, earning or working more hours.

Child Tax Credit

Tax credits are payments from the government. If you're responsible for at least one child or young person, you may qualify for Child Tax Credit. You don’t have to be working.

Income Support

Income Support is extra money to help people on a low income. It’s for people who don't have to sign as unemployed. Whether you qualify or not and how much you get depends on your circumstances.

Reduced Earnings Allowance

If you can't earn as much as you normally could because of an accident or disease caused by your work, you may be able to get Reduced Earnings Allowance.

Job Grant

Job Grant is a work related payment you may get when you or your partner move directly from benefit into work.

Emergency Assistance Scheme

As part of the Government’s welfare reforms, certain elements of the Social Fund (Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans) were abolished in April 2013. Councils have developed their own new schemes, which allow greater flexibility in developing a provision to suitable local needs. Find out more about Emergency AssistanCE scheme