Universal Credit should help parents start work as it makes it easier to take part-time, flexible or temporary jobs to help parents gain valuable skills and avoid CV gaps. Unlike previous benefits, Universal Credit doesn’t stop when a claimant enters work. Instead it stays with claimants as they progress in work and increase their earnings until they are entirely … Continue reading What does progression under Universal Credit actually mean?
This is the first of a series on blogs on issues that arose out of our Summer Afternoon Seminar The 2015 Summer Budget was a watershed that changed the tax and benefits landscape. The first conservative budget in 20 years had a clear ideological approach over such a wide range of tax and benefit changes that … Continue reading A watershed budget that changes the landscape for Lone Parents: Belina Seminar report
As Belina predicted in May, Parents with a youngest child aged three or older, including lone parents, who are able to work will be expected to look for work if they are claiming Universal Credit. These parents will receive extra support from Jobcentre Plus. This comes on the back of free 30 hours a week … Continue reading As Belina predicted, lone parents on Universal Credit will need to look for work when their children turn 3 – Belina Budget Blog