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Also known as JSA, this is the standard state handout to the unemployed in the UK.
Jobseeker's Allowance is paid by Jobcentre Plus to Jobseekers, who are required to actively seek work.
In order to receive Jobseeker's Allowance you must go to a branch of Jobcentre Plus so that a member of staff (a Dictator) can find out what sort or work you will have to look for - which is usually the most lowest paid, temporary and agency work. This will be called your Jobseekers Agreement.
If the dictator decides you are doing enough to find work, you will get paid a paltry sum that is not enough to live on.
In order to continue receiving Jobseekers Allowance, you must visit the Jobcentre Plus every 2 weeks - known as "Signing On" to show a dictator evidence of what you have done to find the work that is put down on your Jobseeker's Agreement.
This is very demeaning and the Dictator will make you feel very small and guilty that you are still a jobseeker.
If the dictator thinks you have applied for enough menial jobs but havent got one, you will be eligible for another payment of Jobseeker's Allowance.
You will then have to go back in another 2 weeks to do this again for your next payment of Jobseeker's Allowance.
If the Dictator decides you are not applying for enough jobs, he or she will stop your claim and you will no longer be eligible for any Jobseeker's Allowance.
I'm going up the pub tonight, got me Jobseeker's Allowance paid today!
by unemployed person April 22, 2009