When you are assessed by the Jobcentre you will be offered either contributions based, income based or a combination of the two types based on your past work history. In order to qualify for income based or contribution based job seekers allowance you will need to be assessed by the Jobcentre and attend an interview at your local jobcentre.
Provided that you are able to fulfil the following criteria it is likely that you will qualify for JSA payments.
These payments were thus made only to people who had recently been in work, and not simply to those on low incomes.
Furthermore, benefits were only paid for up to twelve months, by which time a claimant had to have regained work.
JSA is administered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in England, Wales, and Scotland, and in Northern Ireland by the Social Security Agency – an executive agency of the Department for Social Development.