Profit claimants to be made to work longer hours to keep away from job centre visits


Profit claimants will quickly be required to work longer hours in an effort to be launched from common job centre appointments, the Work and Pensions Secretary has mentioned.

Underneath the present guidelines, these claiming advantages don’t have to proceed attending appointments with job advisers as soon as they’re employed for the equal of 9 hours per week.

Nevertheless in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Therese Coffey mentioned the Authorities was set to extend that cut-off level, with the paper reporting it will be raised to 12 hours.

We simply wish to assist folks get on into work

Therese Coffey

Ms Coffey mentioned: “When you get a job, in case you’re working fewer than the equal of 9 hours per week, we nonetheless count on you to be coming in and searching for work.

“We’re going to be elevating that, I hope, very quickly. We simply wish to assist folks get on into work. In order that’s actually necessary.”

She added the brink might finally be raised even additional, however that will require the employment of extra job advisers – often known as work coaches.

Works and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey said the threshold could be raised further (Beresford Hodge/PA)
Works and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey mentioned the brink might be raised additional (Beresford Hodge/PA)

“Properly, we’re nonetheless working by that, I believe there’s a possibility to do extra,” Ms Coffey mentioned.

“The extra folks that we see within the job centre, dare I say it, the extra work coaches we’ll want.

“So there’s a call to be taken. And I imagine we will go additional than that. However I can’t try this with out extra folks fulfilling the position of the work coach.

“I believe we must always simply get on with the preliminary bit. That in itself would result in 120,000 folks (into the work coach system). If we might begin and type of roll that in, then that will be an excellent stepping level.”


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