Hello! My youngest child is about to turn 5 and I have to move over to universal credits. I’m working 12 hours at the moment but have heard that you have to work 25 hours as a single parent on universal credits? I’m so worried as I don’t see how I’m going to be able to work that many hours at the moment. I don’t have much family around for support and the after school club at my children’s school is currently full. Does anyone know how hard they come down on you if you aren’t working 25 hours? Will I be expected to go to the job centre every week?! 😩 I’m so upset and stressed about all of this! Xx
I have heard quite a bit about having to work 25 hours as a single parent but don’t think this is the case. I phoned UC to enquire about this exact thing and the lady I spoke to said that they dont require you to work a set amount of hours, they just want to see that you are working. She said to me that if you find a job that only works 20 hours then so be it.
Not sure if each case is different but that was my experience.