Flexible Support Fund

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 23rd April 2018.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of enabling travel expenses for claimants of the flexible support fund to be paid up front instead of in arrears.

Photo of Alok Sharma Alok Sharma The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Work coaches already have discretion to reimburse travel costs for jobseekers (taking into account their particular circumstances), who are asked to attend their jobcentre outside of their minimum attendance requirements.

For travel expenses for job interviews, work coaches have the discretion to pay these in advance where the claimant is unable to fund this prior to interview.

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