Hardship Payments - Jobseeker’s Allowance - Hardship Payments
Hardship Payments are reduced-rate payments of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Universal Credit (UC) that are made in limited circumstances, including if you have been sanctioned.
Jobseeker’s Allowance - Hardship Payments
Only people who usually get income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance(i-JSA) can get a Hardship Payment. You won't be able to get a JSA hardship payment if your New Style JSA has been sanctioned, but you might still be able to get a Universal Credit hardship payment.
You may be able to get Hardship Payments of i-JSA if your JSA is being paid at a reduced (or nil) rate.
You can qualify for hardship payments of i-JSA in a number of situations:
- If you are in a vulnerable group and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has decided that you (or your partner) do not satisfy the job-seeking conditions. You may be in a vulnerable group if you:
- are pregnant or responsible for a child
- qualify for a disability premium
- have a chronic medical condition
- care for someone (claiming a qualifying disability benefit)
- are under 21 and have been in local authority care in the last three years.
- When your JSA is suspended because there is doubt about whether you (or your partner) are meeting job-seeking conditions.
- When your JSA is reduced because of a sanction.
If your JSA is suspended, you should get advice on whether you'd be better off asking for a hardship payment or switching to Universal Credit.