Lone Parents: Earnings

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 16th February 2011.

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Photo of Stephen Lloyd Stephen Lloyd Liberal Democrat, Eastbourne

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consideration he has given to the merits of introducing an increased earnings disregard for lone parents prior to implementation of other aspects of his universal credit proposals.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The increased earnings disregards are an intrinsic part of the new universal credit and designed, alongside a single taper, to improve the incentives to enter work.

Until the universal credit is introduced lone parents will greatly benefit from the comprehensive, personalised support provided by Jobcentre Plus and the new Work programme which will provide a flexible, personalised approach to helping people back into work, and will aim to continue supporting people after they have entered work.

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