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Extend Contribution-based and New Style Jobseekers Allowance during Covid-19

Submitted by Hugh Brazier on Friday 6th November 2020

Published on Thursday 19th November 2020

Current status: Open

Open until: Wednesday 19th May 2021

Current Signatures: 25
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Extend Contribution-based and New Style Jobseekers Allowance during Covid-19

Petition Details

The Government should extend Jobseeker allowance to the unemployed for at least an additional 6 months for people claiming this during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Additional Information

There have been more than 250,000 Job Seeker Allowance (JSA) cases since March 2020, and many of these claimants will now be at end of the 6-month claim limit.

Many on contribution-based or New Style Jobseekers allowance don't qualify for means-tested benefit such as Universal Credit (UC), so when their six-month period of Jobseekers allowance expires face having no income. The Government should extend the claim limit for these benefits during the Covid-19 outbreak, for at least a further six months.

Furloughed workers obtain 80% of wage. People who are unemployed and not eligible for other benefits must also be supported.


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