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    I'm coming up to my eighteenth birthday, and currently attend around 24 hours per fortnight at sixth form (13 hours within one week, 11 the other) so would I be able to claim the Job Seekers Allowance?

    I would obviously be continuing to search for employment, and the JSA's funding would help me a lot.

    Much appreciated.
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    You cannot claim JSA as long as your parents qualify to claim child benefit for you. That continues as long as you are in 6th form, or your 19th birthday if that is before your A levels end.
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    (Original post by Davalla)
    I'm coming up to my eighteenth birthday, and currently attend around 24 hours per fortnight at sixth form (13 hours within one week, 11 the other) so would I be able to claim the Job Seekers Allowance?

    I would obviously be continuing to search for employment, and the JSA's funding would help me a lot.

    Much appreciated.
    Of course not. You cannot be in sixth form/college, in education, and claim JSA. JSA is for those who are not in education are searching for a job, without anything else to be doing, like being in education. As stated, your parents get child benefit for you and you cannot claim anything. The whole point is you don't need to seek a job, because you have your education to be getting on with to lead you into a job, and you have your parents to support you.
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    (Original post by balotelli12)
    You cannot claim JSA as long as your parents qualify to claim child benefit for you. That continues as long as you are in 6th form, or your 19th birthday if that is before your A levels end.
    It says here that I can claim as long as I can combine part time education with work. (Under part time students sub title).
    https://www.gov.uk/jobseekers-allowance/eligibility

    Child benefits payments to my parents have also ceased for some reason, possibly because the one week of 11 hours counts as part time education?
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    (Original post by Davalla)
    It says here that I can claim as long as I can combine part time education with work. (Under part time students sub title).
    https://www.gov.uk/jobseekers-allowance/eligibility

    Child benefits payments to my parents have also ceased for some reason, possibly because the one week of 11 hours counts as part time education?
    Full time education is classed as 12 hours or more each week from what I've read, so you wouldn't be eligible for benefits.
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    (Original post by Robson689)
    Full time education is classed as 12 hours or more each week from what I've read.
    Exactly. The JSA says that I can claim if I am over 18, in part time education, and not covered by Child Benefits payments.

    To be eligible for child benefits I need to be in supervised education for 12 hours, which I am for one week, but an hour short for another.
    So would this mean that I am in part time education, and as such CAN claim the JSA?
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    (Original post by Davalla)
    It says here that I can claim as long as I can combine part time education with work. (Under part time students sub title).
    https://www.gov.uk/jobseekers-allowance/eligibility

    Child benefits payments to my parents have also ceased for some reason, possibly because the one week of 11 hours counts as part time education?
    Child benefit stops automatically at 16 unless your parents tell them you are in education.

    You average 12 hours a week so do not qualify.
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    (Original post by balotelli12)
    Child benefit stops automatically at 16 unless your parents tell them you are in education.
    This. Your parents need to tell the benefits department to start child benefit again, because it is automatically stopped when you finish compulsory education after your GCSEs. They give it back when your parents tell them you are choosing to be on a further education course, at a sixth form or college.
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    (Original post by Pectorac)
    This. Your parents need to tell the benefits department to start child benefit again, because it is automatically stopped when you finish compulsory education after your GCSEs. They give it back when your parents tell them you are choosing to be on a further education course, at a sixth form or college.
    They have already applied for it but had no response. The same happened last year.

    Edit: This states that I must have HIGHER than an average of 12 hours of study, which I don't.
    https://www.gov.uk/child-benefit-16-19
    So with this we go back in circles and say that I am eligible for the JSA!
    Agreed?
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    (Original post by Davalla)
    I'm coming up to my eighteenth birthday, and currently attend around 24 hours per fortnight at sixth form (13 hours within one week, 11 the other) so would I be able to claim the Job Seekers Allowance?

    I would obviously be continuing to search for employment, and the JSA's funding would help me a lot.

    Much appreciated.
    No!
    You are in education, so of course not.
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    (Original post by Emma:-))
    No!
    You are in education, so of course not.
    So you have ignored everything that has been said prior?
    Once again; another person has looked at the word "education" and jumps to conclusions.
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    The best way for you to get your answer for sure is to ring up and apply and see what they say.
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    (Original post by Davalla)
    I'm coming up to my eighteenth birthday, and currently attend around 24 hours per fortnight at sixth form (13 hours within one week, 11 the other) so would I be able to claim the Job Seekers Allowance?

    I would obviously be continuing to search for employment, and the JSA's funding would help me a lot.

    Much appreciated.
    No because you're in education!

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    (Original post by lozasaurus99)
    No because you're in education!

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    Turns out, you're wrong, pal!
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    (Original post by Kabloomybuzz)
    The best way for you to get your answer for sure is to ring up and apply and see what they say.
    Yeah, I did yesterday. As I am not covered by Child Benefits, and study a meticulous rate; I will be eligible for JSA.
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    (Original post by Emma:-))
    No!
    You are in education, so of course not.
    (Original post by lozasaurus99)
    No because you're in education!

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    Simply being in education does not disqualify a person from receiving JSA in itself. Providing it is part-time, and the claimant is actively searching for a job (and willing to give the course up if offered a job/it conflicts with jobsearching).

    It's not possible for the OP to receive JSA, but this doesn't mean it's not possible for another person, studying under 16 hours a week, to claim. Particularly if older (parents not claiming child benefit for them) and receive little to no funding.
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    (Original post by River85)
    It's not possible for the OP to receive JSA, but this doesn't mean it's not possible for another person, studying under 16 hours a week, to claim. Particularly if older (parents not claiming child benefit for them) and receive little to no funding.
    Why do you think it's not possible for the OP to receive JSA?
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    To claim JSA, you must be avaliable for and actively seeking work and you can't be in full time education. You must also be willing to give up any college courses you're doing if a job comes up and your parents must not be receiving benefits for you.
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    (Original post by OU Student)
    To claim JSA, you must be avaliable for and actively seeking work and you can't be in full time education. You must also be willing to give up any college courses you're doing if a job comes up and your parents must not be receiving benefits for you.
    And this is me.
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    (Original post by Davalla)
    Why do you think it's not possible for the OP to receive JSA?
    Why are you referring to yourself as "the OP"?

    Because of Child Benefit, but I missed the bit about the payments being suspended. I don't know how the hours are worked out, if it can be done as an average across the academic year or not.

    Your best bet is to ask one one of the specialist finance/moneysaving/benefits boards than here, or just apply and see (but expect to be met with confusion from Jobcentre staff many of whom know less about benefits than I do.
 
 
 
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