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Moving from benefits to work



This factsheet is mainly for single parents who are receiving jobseeker’s allowance or employment and support allowance in the work-related activity group. You may also use this factsheet if you are claiming income support and are thinking of returning to work. Jobcentre Plus does not require you to look for work if you are claiming income support.

Jobcentre Plus runs several schemes to help people claiming benefits return to work. If you are claiming jobseeker’s allowance or employment and support allowance in the work-related activity group you may be required to join some of the schemes. If you are claiming income support, you can choose to join some of the schemes voluntarily.

Financial help when you start work is a list of money and benefits you may be entitled to if you start work and the Checklist is of things to think about when starting work. If you are a foster parent, full-time carer, pregnant, or thinking of working under 16 hours a week the rules are different – contact the Gingerbread Single Parent Helpline for more information.

Information is correct as of December 2012.

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