NSA is an income support payment (section 23(1)-'income support payment') for people who are unemployed or who are treated as unemployed, and:
Act reference: SSAct section 23(1)-'income support payment'
Recipients receiving NSA MAY also receive one or more of the following as part of their NSA rate:
They MAY also be entitled to the following while in receipt of NSA:
The surviving member of a couple may be eligible for bereavement payments following the death of a partner.
NSA is calculated on a daily basis and is paid in arrears, generally in instalments of 14 days. Instalment periods of less than 14 days may be paid where a person changes their payday arrangements.
NSA was introduced in 1991 and, with job search allowance (JSA), replaced UB. JSA and NSA were amalgamated in September 1996.
Act reference: SSAct section 593 Qualification for NSA
Last reviewed: 20 September 2011