Employment Schemes: Homelessness

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 11th March 2015.

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Photo of Emma Lewell-Buck Emma Lewell-Buck Labour, South Shields

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to introduce a homelessness pathway to support homeless people in accessing employment and support.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

In recognition of the needs of homeless individuals, in July 2014 the Government introduced a new easement for Jobseeker’s Allowance for homeless claimants.

Once claimants make Work Coaches aware of their homelessness, they can then discuss the flexibilities available when work-related requirements are set. That includes discussing how their homelessness, and the need to find accommodation, impacts on their ability to take the reasonable steps for them to find work.

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