Sorry for pestering everyone about this but I need to vent some steam about this. It turns out that I'm not entitled to Jobseekers Allowance because I havn't paid enough National Insurance contributions over the tax years ending 5 April 2003 and 5 April 2004 whilst I was in full time education and I have over £3000 of savings. Most of you will know that up until this summer I have been in full-time education for all of my life up until this summer when I graduated. I also took an industrial placement year as the 3rd year of my 4 year degree course. This apparently means that I did make enough contributions in the tax year ending 5 April 2004 and I would have done in the tax year ending 2005 too. I've have worked since I was 16 around my full-time education (culminating in a physics degree for anyone that wants to suggest Mickey Mouse) and don't understand how I could have paid any additional national insurance over the course of my life unless I hadn't bothered going to University. Having established that I'm not entitled to that bit it also transpires that for every £250 above the £3000 allowance (the allowance is every single penny of capital that I own which I have carefully saved until now) I lose a pound of benefit until I reach the £8000 of savings mark at which point I'm not entitled to anything until I have run my own capital down first. I don't want to sponge off the state and am actively looking for work. I have been in full-time education until the age of 22. I was always under the impression that benefits such as this are for helping out those who find themselves in unfortunate situations temporarily but clearly honest people who have and will spend their lives paying national insurance to give a little help should the worst happen. Goes to show what I know though as far as the government is concerned I would have been better not going into further education or saving what money I've earnt until this point. In summary then; welfare state my arse. Honest working people who have planned for the future are entitled to nothing when they might need it.