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How much money does a person get if he or she is on the dole?

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The amount of benefits available on the dole (under the Jobseeker's Benefit or Jobseeker's Allowance in the U.K.) depends on a number of factors, including any existing income and/or savings, and whether the applicant is an individual or a couple. There are different rates depending on whether the applicant is between the ages of 18 and 24, or over 25.

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The Jobseeker's Benefit is available only to people who have paid a specified amount of Class I National Insurance Premiums (or NICs) in the previous 26-week period. In Ireland, the contributions are known as PRSI contributions. People who have not paid in the requisite amount must apply for the Jobseeker's Allowance instead.

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