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Jobseeker's Benefit

Jobseeker's Benefit Rate from 31 December 2009
  Rate per week
Personal Rate
�196.00

Increases:

Increase for Qualified Adult ( See Note 1)

�130.10

Each qualified child
Full rate �29.80 ( see note 2)
Each qualified child
Half-rate �14.90 ( see note 2)

 

Jobseeker's Benefit rates are graduated according to earnings in the relevant tax year. The earnings bands from the 1 January 2009 are as follows:
Average weekly earnings Personal Rate Increase for a Qualified Adult
( See Note 2)
Less than �150.00
�88.10
�84.30
�150.00 and less than �220.00
�126.60
�84.30
�220.00 and less than �300.00
�153.60
�84.30
�300.00 or more
�196.00
�130.10

Note 1
You can get an increase of �29.80 for each qualified child if you qualify for an increase for a qualified adult or if you are parenting alone. If you do not qualify for an increase for a qualified adult, you may get a half-rate qualified child increase, if your spouse or partner has income of �400 or less a week.

Jobseeker's Allowance

Jobseeker's Allowance Rate from 30 December 2009
  Rate per week
Maximum Personal Rate aged 25 or over
�196.00
Increase for Qualified Adult ( See Note 2 )
�130.10
Increase for Qualified Child
�29.80 ( See Note 3 )
Maximum rate for a claimant who is 22-24
�150.00
Increase for Qualified Adult
�130.10
Maximum rate for a claimant who is 18-21
�100.00
Increase for Qualified Adult
�100.00

Under 25 rates for Jobseeker's Allowance

Persons not affected:

  • 18 to 24 year olds with a qualified child;
  • those transferring to Jobseeker's Allowance immediately after exhausting their entitlement to Jobseeker's Benefit;
  • those making a claim for Jobseeker's Allowance where that claim is linked to a Jobseeker's Allowance claim made within the previous 12 months to which the maximum personal rate applied;
  • those transferring directly to Jobseeker's Allowance from Disability Allowance.

Where a person is in receipt of a rate of Jobseeker's Allowance applicable to persons aged under 25 (as outlined in the table on page 45) and he or she participates in a course of education, training or Community Employment, the full normal rate of payment applicable to that course/scheme applies without any reduction for persons aged under 25.

Where a person is under 25 and has completed such a course of education, training or Community Employment, they will revert to the age related rate of Jobseeker's Allowance, �100.00 or �150.00, if they had previously been in receipt of that rate.

Specific provisions for claimants aged 22 � 24

Where a claimant of Jobseeker's Allowance is aged 22 - 24 years of age, the rate applicable to 22 � 24 year olds shown above does not apply where:

  • The period of unemployment commenced on or before December 30, 2009.
  • The claimant is participating in the Work Placement programme operated by FAS.

Specific provisions for claimants aged 18 � 21

Where a claimant of Jobseeker's Allowance is aged under 18 - 21 years, the rate applicable to 18 to 21 year olds shown above does not apply where/to:

  • The period of unemployment commenced on or before December 30, 2009.
  • The claimant was aged 18 or 19 on December 30, 2009 and the period of unemployment commenced on or before April 29, 2009.
  • Certain people who were in the care of the HSE during the period of 12 months before he or she attained the age of 18.

Note 2: If you were in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance prior to 26 September 2007, you may get a reduced rate increase if your spouse or partner has earnings or income in excess of �100.00 and up to �310.00 gross per week. ( see Appendix)

Note 3: You can get an increase of �29.80 for each qualified child if you qualify for an increase for a qualified adult or if you are parenting alone. If you do not qualify for an increase for a qualified adult, you may get a half-rate qualified child increase.

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