Welfare Reform Bill

Part of Tied Public Houses (Code of Practice) – in the House of Commons at 2:26 pm on 9th March 2011.

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Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald Conservative, North East Hertfordshire 2:26 pm, 9th March 2011

At the moment, it takes 45 minutes in a jobcentre to work out whether someone will be better off in work or not. The Bill will change that at a stroke. People will know that they will always be better off in work. That is an important principle.

My second point involves helping people to get into work, giving them support through the “black box” approach. This is something that Labour agrees with; the right hon. Gentleman actually trialled it when he was in government, and it worked. It is recognised internationally—

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Chris Reynolds
Posted on 10 Mar 2011 11:32 am (Report this annotation)

Better-off calculations. I would like to know where the hon Member is getting his information concerning the length of time it takes to confirm a person would be better off in work. Although I do not work for JC+, I do work for a welfare-to-work provider and in my post I routinely carry out better-off calculations. The calculation - called IBIS - takes no more than ten minutes to complete.