Social Security Advisory Committee press notice

CONSULTATION: The Income Support and Employment and Support Allowance (Work-Focused Interviews, Work-Related Activity, etc.) (Lone Parents and Partners) Regulations 2010 - to enable the introduction of the Progression to Work pathfinders from 25 October 2010

The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) has been asked by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to consider proposals for the above named regulations.

The pathfinders will introduce personalised conditionality and support for:

  • lone parents who are entitled to Income Support (IS) as lone parents with a youngest child aged between 3 and 6 years; and
  • partners of Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) customers and partners of certain Income Support (IS) customers, where either of them is responsible for a youngest child aged between 3 and 6 years.

There will be a requirement for customers to undertake work-related activities supported by action planning, which will aim to move them closer to the labour market. The new requirements will be underpinned by a new escalating sanctions regime.

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