JSA rights

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1) Being Sick, on Holiday or Away from your home whilst on JSA
2) Employment on Trial and Work Trials
3) Flexible Support Fund
4) Travel Discounts
5) Volunteering or studying on JSA

Being sick whilst on JSA

Jobcentre internal guidance on sickness and JSA

Going away from home to look for work

Going on holiday within Great Britain

Jury Service Application for National Insurance Credits

2) Employment on Trial and Work Trials

Basic details:

Jobcentre Work Trials guidance

Jobcentre Employment of Trial guidance:

Jobcentre Employment of Trial forms:

Note: Work Programme/Mandatory Work Activity & Community Action Programme Providers, also use ‘Work Trials’. However, they may not be part of the Jobcentre scheme. Always ask the Provider whether they are voluntary and for an existing vacancy and why you cannot apply for the job without a trial.

“If a Work Programme provider arranges a work trial in conjunction with
Jobcentre Plus, the DWP Work Trial rules apply. If the work trial is
arranged independently of Jobcentre Plus, the DWP Work Trial rules do
not apply. ”

3) Flexible Support Fund

Flexible Support Fund Adviser Guidance

Advice and guidance

Help investigate fund

4) Travel Discounts

Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card

Many local passenger transport authorities also operate discount schemes for the umployed

5) Volunteering or studying on JSA

Volunteering while on benefits

There are no limits on the amount of time you can volunteer for, nor any restrictions on the types of organisation you can volunteer for. The only requirement is that you continue to meet the conditions of the benefit or tax credit you are receiving.

For example, if you receive Jobseekers Allowance, you can volunteer full time as long as you are still actively seeking employment. Also, you must be able to attend job interviews at 48 hours notice and available to take up paid work at one week’s notice.

Students and Jobseeker’s Allowance

Full-time students
Part-time students
If you’re studying part time, you may be able to claim Jobseeker’s Allowance if you are:
–    out of work or working less than 16 hours a week on average