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Jobseeker's Allowance (JA)

Jobseeker's Allowance is a weekly payment made to jobseekers. You must satisfiy the Habitual Residence Condition (HRC), Genuinely Seeking Work (GSW) condition and a Means Test. You may be paid an increase for a Qualified Adult and Qualified Child. If you get part-time or casual work (up to and including 3 days per week), you may still be paid Jobseeker's Allowance for the other days.

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Jobseeker's Benefit (JB)

Jobseeker's Benefit is a weekly payment to jobseekers who have lost a job, and those who have been made Redundant. You must satisfy the PRSI (Social Insurance) requirements and Genuinely Seeking Work (GSW) condition. You may be paid an increase for a Qualified Adult and Qualified Child. You may qualify for Jobseeker's Benefit if you can only find part-time or casual work.

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Jobseeker's Benefit Self-Employed (JBSE)

Jobseeker's Benefit Self-Employed is a weekly payment to jobseekers who lose their self-employment. You must satisfy the Class S PRSI (Social Insurance) requirements and Genuinely Seeking Work (GSW) condition. To get Jobseeker's Benefit (Self-Employed) you must stop all self-employment activity.

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Jobseeker's Transition (JST)

Jobseeker's Transition is a weekly payment made to lone parents whose youngest child is aged between 7 and 13 years, who are not cohabiting. You must satisfy the Means Test. There is no limit on the number of days or hours you can work. The amount of payment you get depends on your weekly means.

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Supplementary Welfare Allowance (SWA)

Supplementary Welfare Allowance is a means tested payment for persons whose means are insufficient to meet their needs and those of their dependants. 

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Contact Us

Telephone

You can speak, in complete confidence, to an Information Officer in the Information and Advocacy section directly at 01 - 856 0088 , Monday - Thursday 9.30 am to 5.00 pm and Friday 9.30am to 4.00pm.

Online

Use the online Contact Us form on the INOU website

E-mail

You can send your query directly to us by e-mail at welfare@inou.ie