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Foster carers and benefits - Can I claim Contributory/New Style Employment and Support Allowance or Jobseeker's Allowance?

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Can I claim Contributory/New Style Employment and Support Allowance or Jobseeker's Allowance?

Usually, you cannot claim contributory/New Style Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) if you are working. If you are working as a foster carer, this will not be treated as work, so you should be able to claim contributory/New Style JSA or ESA if you are a foster carer, as long as you satisfy the other conditions for entitlement.

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