Job grant is a one off tax free payment when you start work and stop getting benefits. You can claim Job Grant if you take up work and will be working at least 16 hours a week with the job expecting to last 5 weeks or more. You must have been claiming one of the following for at least 26 weeks before starting your new job:
- Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income Support
- Employment and Support Allowance
- Incapacity Benefit
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Jobcentre Plus / New Deal Allowance
- Employment Zone payments
The amount available is £250 for lone parents (£100 for single people without children). There is no need to claim this grant as you automatically receive it if you are eligible. You just need to inform your local Jobcentre Plus Office that you are starting work and i is paid the same way as you were paid benefits.
As Job Grant is tax free it won’t reduce other benefits or tax credits that you may be entitled to once you start work.
If you qualify for the Job Grant you will also be eligible for Extended Council Tax Credits and Extended Housing Benefit.