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      09-07-2012, 06:54 PM   #9
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Contribution based is based only on your National Insurance contributions and takes no account of savings or your partner's earnings etc. This is only paid for a maximum of 26 weeks.

Income based JSA is a means tested and depends on your savings and household income. you can stay on this for a long as you qualify, so unless you get alternative income or get a job you continue to qualify. There is no set length of time for Income Based JSA and you can remain on it until you find work.

The first 3 days of a claim are waiting days and are not paid.

Depending on your circumstances you can also receive Housing Benefit or Support for Mortgage Interest (after 13 weeks) and a host of other reliefs.