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1. I regret to say that any voluntary reduction in employment time disqualifys you from getting the benefit of any State benefit, whether it is unemployment assistance or Job Seeker's Benefit. This rule is based on the fact that a person has to work if there is the possibility of working. Once you self-create a situation of unemployment, this disqualifys you from any State Benefit. I appreciate it that it did not pay you to be working whilst also having two children in childcare. However, once you voluntarily reduce or terminate your employment, no State benefits such as JobSeeker's allowance are payable, I regret to say.