Changes to Job Seekers Allowance in 2012
From early next year, all single parents with a youngest child aged five or six will be switched from income support (IS) to the jobseeker’s allowance (JSA).
This change will affect 100,000 single parents currently on IS. This does not affect the amount of money single parents receive, but JSA claimants are required to actively seek work – or risk a benefit cut. At Gingerbread we deeply concerned that single parents will be stuck between a rock and hard place, facing tougher rules but without availability of family-friendly jobs, adequate job-search support and reduced help with childcare costs.
Parents with a youngest child aged 12 were moved onto JSA in 2008, those with a youngest child aged 10 were moved over in 2009, and in 2010 this changed applied to those with a youngest child aged seven.
Single parents affected by this latest change will be contacted in mid-October by Jobcentre Plus.
What do you think about the changes? Are you affected? Then let us know in our JSA forum
If you have specific questions, please ring our Single Parent Helpline
for personalised advice, or read through our factsheets on claiming jobseeker's allowance
and on jobseeker's allowance: special rules for single parents
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