Out of Work Benefits

There are certain benefits that you can claim if you are unemployed, this includes if you are unable to work because of illness or disability.

New-Style Employment & Support Allowance

Employment and Support Allowance is an income-replacement benefit for those unable to work because of illness or disability. Claimants will need to complete a medical assessment to continue receiving the benefit in the long-term and may also have to engage in work-focused activity.

More information about New-Style Employment and Support Allowance, claim procedures and contact information is at nidrect:

New-Style Jobseeker’s Allowance

Jobseeker’s Allowance is an unemployment benefit payable for up to 182 days to anyone that meets the contribution conditions . Claimants will be required to make regular reports to their Work Coach about job search activities.

More information about New-Style Jobseeker’s Allowance, claim procedures and contact information is at nidirect:

Income Support

Income Support (IS) is a low income benefit for people in certain groups who cannot sign on as unemployed, such as those with caring responsibilities or disabilities. Changes to the benefit system have significantly reduced the number of people eligible for Income Support.

More information about Income Support can be accessed at nidirect:

Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a payment for people over 18 but under State Pension age who are on a low income or out of work.

It includes support for the cost of housing, children and childcare, and financial support for people with disabilities, carers and people too ill to work.

You can find out more information about Universal Credit here.