Employment push for lone parents


P

Paul Bolton

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6312127.stm

Lone parents are to be encouraged to return to work under government plans
to alleviate child poverty.
"Work and Pensions Secretary John Hutton says he does not want lone parents
moving "seamlessly" on to incapacity benefit once their child benefits stop.

However, he said there was "absolutely no case for cutting lone parent
benefits" as it would harm children.

Single parents receive payments until their youngest child is 16. Ministers
are thought to favour cutting it to 11."

So what's to stop lone parents moving "seamlessly" on to Incapacity Benefit
(or ESA) when their youngest child turns 11 in the new system?

Paul
 
Ad

Advertisements

R

Robbie

Paul said:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6312127.stm

Lone parents are to be encouraged to return to work under government plans
to alleviate child poverty.
"Work and Pensions Secretary John Hutton says he does not want lone parents
moving "seamlessly" on to incapacity benefit once their child benefits stop.

However, he said there was "absolutely no case for cutting lone parent
benefits" as it would harm children.

Single parents receive payments until their youngest child is 16. Ministers
are thought to favour cutting it to 11."

So what's to stop lone parents moving "seamlessly" on to Incapacity Benefit
(or ESA) when their youngest child turns 11 in the new system?

Paul
Much the same as what could stop them doing the same as now when the
youngest reaches 16... in other words, they could go on the sick and
claim Incap Benefit or Income Support under the incapacity rules. But
they would have to get both a sick note and would most likely be called
for a medical quite quickly.

Presumbably the new regime will come in when incapacity benefit is
abolished and the new ESA starts, so the lone parent would go onto the
"holding" benefit that everyone who becomes sick would go onto. It's
really a sleight of hand on the part of the Government as IncapBen
wouldn't be there for them anyway, though the reduction in the age at
which the youngest child will passport lone parents onto IS is something
that has been touted for a long time, back as far as the 80s, but which
always seems to never happen. Presumably this time it will.
 

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments. After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.

Ask a Question

Top