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Looking for work

If you are unemployed (or working less than 16 hours a week) and are looking for work, there may be benefits, grants or other financial support available to you.

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To check what benefits you might be entitled to,  you can use the Turn2us Benefits Calculator.

Turn2us Benefits Calculator

You might be eligible to claim:

Jobseeker's Allowance - if you are 18 or over and under State Pension age  and not in full-time employment (or work less than 16 hours a week) and are capable of working and are looking for a job (some 16 and 17 year olds can get Job Seekers Allowance).

Universal Credit - If you are 18 or over  and under Pension Credit age and are on a low income or out of work you may be able to claim Universal Credit instead of certain benefits. (some 16 year olds in some limited circumstances can claim). Universal Credit is gradually replacing Income-based Jobseekers Allowance. You must be making a new claim and living in a Full Digital Service area to get this.  Find out more from our Universal Credit guide.

The benefit you should claim depends on your circumstances and where you live. See 'Can I get Universal Credit?'. If you can't get Universal Credit, you should claim Jobseeker's Allowance.

You may also be eligible for help with housing costs.

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To find out what help may be available from grant giving charities, you can use the Turn2us Grants Search.

Turn2us Grants Search

Advice and Support

Turn2us is unable to offer advice on individual situations. To find an adviser in your area to discuss your situation with, you can use the Turn2us Find an Adviser tool

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