The Work and Pensions Committee opens an inquiry into the DWP’s (Department for Work and Pensions) plans for “in-work progression” (also called “in-work conditionality”) within Universal Credit. These measures will make benefit payments to claimants who are in work, but on low earnings, conditional on them taking certain steps to increase their pay or hours.
Call for written evidence
Written submissions are invited addressing the following points:
- DWP’s plans for in-work progression pilots in 2015/16, and how they should be evaluated
- Which organisations are best-placed to deliver the in-work service for DWP e.g. Jobcentre Plus/other providers from the private, public or voluntary sectors?
- What should in-work progression support entail and how should it be delivered (e.g. regularity and nature of contact with claimants)?
- Which groups of claimants should be included and which should be exempt?
- How should employers be encouraged to facilitate progression?
- In what circumstances would it be appropriate to sanction a Universal Credit claimant who is in work?
- Is there any UK or international evidence on effective ways of encouraging in-work progression?
The deadline for receipt of submissions is Monday 18 January 2016
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