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Territorial Army

Volume 711: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Territorial Army soldiers who are currently unemployed are able to claim jobseeker's allowance whilst attending to their Territorial Army duties. [HL4092]

Unemployed people who are Territorial Army soldiers can claim jobseeker's allowance provided they are available and actively seeking work. Most TA units have a minimum commitment to train for around three hours per week, one weekend per month and to participate in an annual two week camp for basic training, which may take place in the UK or abroad.

The only time their TA activity would impact on JSA entitlement is during the annual two week training period per year. Normally when a TA solider attends their annual training they tend to close their claim to JSA, as the full time nature of the training means they cannot be available for or actively seeking work during this period.