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Looking for work

If you are unemployed (or working less than 16 hours a week) and are looking for work, there may be benefits, grants or other financial support available to you.

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To check what benefits you might be entitled to,  you can use the Turn2us Benefits Calculator

You might be eligible to claim:

  • Jobseeker's Allowance, 

  • Universal Credit

Jobseeker's Allowance - if you are 18 or over and under State Pension age  and not in full-time employment (or work less than 16 hours a week) and you have made enough national insurance contributions and are capable of working and are looking for a job (some 16 and 17 year olds can get Jobseeker's Allowance).

Universal Credit - If you are 18 or over and under Pension Credit age and are on a low income or out of work, you may be able to claim Universal Credit. (Some 16 and 17 year olds in some limited circumstances can claim). 

Related information


To find out what help may be available from grant giving charities, you can use the Turn2us Grants Search

Advice and Support

Turn2us is unable to offer advice on individual situations. To find an adviser in your area to discuss your situation with, you can use the Turn2us Find an Adviser tool.


Debbie's story

Debbie received a one-off grant to help her catch up on her finances

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Felicity's story

Using the Benefits Calculator, Felicity realised that she was entitled to several benefits

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