Benefit Changes To Affect Lone Parents In Wandsworth
"Work is the best route out of poverty" says Minister for Work & Pensions
From this week up to 132,000 lone parents in London will be affected by benefit changes meaning they will start to get help to look for work rather than stay on benefits once their children are aged seven are over – previously it was when they were 10. In Wandsworth there are 3,790 single parents on Income support (with children of alll ages).
Lone parents whose child is aged seven or over will claim Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) if they are able work, rather than Income Support. On JSA they will benefit from a comprehensive range of support including training opportunities, job application advice and other financial grants to help them return to work.
They will also receive advice on childcare, benefits and part-time or family friendly working from specialist lone parent advisers at Jobcentre Plus. The Work Programme is also being introduced to give flexible support to get people in jobs and other back-to-work measures are available including Work Clubs.
Those with a health condition or disability which limits their capability for work will be able to claim Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).
Work and Pensions Minister Maria Miller said:
Prathiba Ramsingh from Jobcentre Plus in South London said:
In other countries where active labour measures are in place, eligibility is often limited to lone parents with a youngest child above a certain age. For example, conditionality in Australia begins when the child is six, in the Netherlands when the child is five, and in France and Germany when the child is three.
October 27, 2010