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 what proposals his Department has made for sanctions under universal credit for claimants who are deemed to be earning too little; and if he will make a statement.

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

At the launch of universal credit we are not imposing full conditionality on claimants in substantive employment until we have identified the best approach through piloting and evaluation. However, claimants with earnings below the conditionality earnings threshold will in the future be expected to look for more work or better paid work or to prepare to be ‘work-ready' and will fall into the appropriate conditionality group according to their capability and circumstances.

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