Universal Credit

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th September 2013.

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Photo of Alison McGovern Alison McGovern Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

(1) what assessment he has made of the resource requirements of any introduction of Jobcentre Plus interviews for universal credit claimants who are deemed to be earning too little;

(2) what discussions he has had regarding possible Jobcentre Plus interventions for those earning less than £950 per month, following the introduction of universal credit; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Universal credit will, for the first time, enable us to engage with people who are in low paid work so that they can earn more. The nature of how we work with these claimants is yet to be determined. No assessment has therefore been made of the resource implications.

As we made clear during the passage of the Welfare Reform Act we are committed to piloting to understand what type of support works best for people in work before putting in place a national regime. We have consulted widely through the call, for ideas on 'in work' support, and have commenced a programme of tests to explore different approaches.

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