Concerns over universal credit and part-timers

Concerns about how universal credit will affect part time workers continue to rise as the Government considers the results of its consultation on ‘extending labour-market interventions to in-work claimants’.

The consultation closed on 25 March and seeks views on how the Government could “trial ideas that would support employers to promote training, development and progression opportunities for low paid employees who are claiming Universal Credit or tax credits, and have the potential to work more”.

It specifically seeks ideas for how the Government can support people in work and in receipt of Universal Credit to help them “increase their earnings, develop their skills and qualifications and achieve financial independence”.

There are concerns that this could mean those who, for whatever reason, want to work shorter hours may risk losing benefits if they don’t seek longer hours.

Universal credit is being piloted from this month and will be rolled out nationally later in the year.

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