I spent a short while unemployed and got absolutely nothing in terms of job seekers allowance because I am receipt of a pension. I still have the paperwork from the DWP explaining exactly why - and that was because of my pension.Curve15 said:Sigmonk you "I receive no job seekers allowance reason being is that I am in receipt of an MOD pension"
According to the law they can only count your MOD pension after you have been on the dole for 6 months so if its less than 6 months since you were made redundant I'd be along at the citizens advice bureau for advice on appealing the decision. Contribution based jobseekers allowance is NOT a means tested benefit - as in the name its based on your contribution record.
Sigmonk's description of the process is very similar to my experience of the job centre for the first time (ever!) after working for over 35 years. The only nice bit was the look on her face when I told the advisor (funny term, she knew very little outside of her scripted process) how much my pension was. It was significantly more than what she was paid. I looked up their pay rates - they are paid little more than the minimum wage, so don't expect a gold-plated service particularly when they are getting busier during the current economic woes.How much do you get?
Contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance
You get a weekly rate according to your age:
16 - 24 Â£47.95
25 or over Â£60.50
Your payments might be reduced if you're getting a pension.
For those looking for work, don't stop looking and use every tool at your disposal. Sometimes this may even mean taking any (and I mean any) work whilst you are looking for a better job. Civvy street is not like the Army - you can leave your job usually by only giving a months notice. Having a day off sick whilst you go for an interview for another job is the norm. I was lucky and spent only a short time unemployed - I needed the rest anyway.