'iirc you can claim contribution based JSA and any savings don't matter '
you still fill out the same app for contribution or income based JSA and the form asks you about all savings so it can be determined by the DWP which you qualify for (contribution or income based), if any at all.
i my uncle was eligable for some money when he 'signed on'. I think it was job seekers alowance?
He was only prepeared to work for a job paying more than £50k and he was in the process of buying a massive brand new 6 bed luxury house, so im sure even if you have lots of money you are still eligable for something
this was 7 years ag and at the time he WAS entitiled to it...
we were all laughing abiut it... he would have (and did) declare everything, but back then the 'computer said yes'.... he figured he had paid rather a lot of tax and would continue to do so, so if it was his turn to get somnething back that he was entitiled to he might as well have it.... so every other week he went to the job centre to sign on...
it was only a couple of months before he found his dream job (inventing a new drug deliver mechanism that is staring to help lots of cancer patients )
NannyL is correct, her uncle probably did receive some money, regardless of his savings. I recently gave up working and was trying to protect my NI contributions so embarked upon a nightmare round of phone calls to various places to see how I could contrinue to pay this amount. I kept being persuaded by various Job Centre people that I would be entitled to JSA even though I told them DH's salary, that we had savings, shares etc. It was quite funny because I was trying to disqualify myself from money that they were equally determined to give me! Anyway, it turns out that because I had been working for the previous two years, I was entitled to contributions-based JSA which would pay about £60 per week for up to 6 months. This is entirely based on the contributions you have made through work. After that, I could apply for Income-based JSA which is where they would take account of savings.