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Monic1511

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Universal Credit - Claimant Conditionality
« on: 15 Oct 2018 08:49PM »
Hi
I mentioned conditionality on another thread but this might explain it better. 

Universal Credit (UC): Claimant Commitment/Conditionality

Everyone who receives Universal Credit will be placed in a conditionality group based on their circumstances and work capability. The group you are in will determine what is expected of you during your claim.

No work-related requirements
You will be placed in this group if you are earning above your earnings threshold. This is based on what you would earn if you worked for 35 hours a week at the National Minimum Wage. If you have caring responsibilities your threshold may be lower than this.

You will also be placed in this group if you:
have limited capability for work-related activity (LCWRA)
receive the carers element or are providing care for a severely disabled person for at least 35 hours a week 
are responsible for a child under the age of one
have reached Pension Credit age (but are part of a UC claim because your partner has not)
are pregnant and it is 11 weeks or less until your expected week of childbirth
are an adopter (this is for up to one year after the adoption)
are a young person with no parental support and you are in full time non-advanced education

Work-focused interview requirement only
You will be placed in this group if you are responsible for a child aged one or you are a foster carer for a child under 16, or 18 if the child has extra care needs

If you are in this group you will be required to stay in touch with the labour market by attending work-focused interviews. These are regular interviews to discuss plans and opportunities for returning to work in the future.

You will not be required to apply for, or take up a job, or engage in work preparation activity.

Work preparation requirement
You will be placed in this group if you are assessed as having limited capability for work (LCW). If you are placed in this group, you will be expected to prepare for a move into work, additional work, or better paid work. Actions to get ready for work could include attending training courses, preparing a CV or taking part in the Work Programme.

You will not be required to take steps to apply for or take up work as a condition of your claim.

All work-related requirements

This is the full conditionality group, if you are in this group you will be required to look for and be available for work. You will usually be expected to look for full-time work of 35 hours a week but this can be less in certain circumstances, for example if you have caring responsibilities or have physical or mental health problems.

In-work conditionality
You might face conditionality requirements even though you are already in work. Your conditionality requirements depend on how much you are earning and whether your wages are over your earnings threshold.

If you are earning below your threshold you will be expected to make efforts to increase your income. The DWP suggest that this may include increasing the hours you work, finding additional work or finding a new job with a higher income.

The threshold is based on what you would earn if you worked for 35 hours a week at the National Minimum Wage. Though if you have caring responsibilities your threshold may be lower than this. If you are claiming as a couple, the DWP will look at whether you are earning above your threshold as a couple.

If you are single and earning over your earnings threshold, or you are a couple and earning over your joint earnings threshold, you will be subject to no work-related requirements.

If you are single and earning less than your earnings threshold but more than £338 per month, you will be subject to all work-related requirements, except for looking for work. You will still have to be ready to take up more work, to do the things your job coach asks you to and to go to work-focused interviews.

If you are a couple and earning less than your joint earnings threshold but more than £541 per month, you will be subject to all work-related requirements, except for looking for work. You will still have to be ready to take up more work, to do the things your job coach asks you to and to go to work-focused interviews.

If you are single and earning less than £338 per month, or you are a couple and earning less than £541 per month, you will be subject to all work-related requirements. The amount of time you are expected to spend on looking for and preparing for work will depend on how much you are working and if you have caring responsibilities.
 
Updated February 2018
I pinched it from here https://www.turn2us.org.uk/Benefit-guides/Universal-Credit/Claimant-Commitment-Conditionality#guide-content


 

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Re: Universal Credit - Claimant Conditionality
« Reply #1 on: 02 Nov 2018 05:42PM »
Thanks Monic. I am a little bit worried, as my job pays a very low wage, I work on contract for an overseas company. The most I can earn (and still do the job to my own level of satisfaction) is about £300 a month.
If my standards were at the bare  minimum of acceptability, I could probably earn about £450. However, I pride myself on my high standards, and the company greatly appreciates my standard of work.
As I am on enhanced mobility and standard care, hopefully I wonít be asked to do more work, or to work outside the home when I am moved on to Universal Credit. Of course we can always hope that we get a Labour government in the interim, and that this cruel benefit is scrapped. Or, the way things are going, I may yet be retired, Iím 66 in May 2024.
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Re: Universal Credit - Claimant Conditionality
« Reply #2 on: 02 Nov 2018 06:02PM »
Hi AndMac

If you get transferred onto UC at some point in the future you should be able to negotiate your claimant commitment and that would cover any conditionality expectations.


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Re: Universal Credit - Claimant Conditionality
« Reply #3 on: 02 Nov 2018 08:47PM »
AndMac,

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Of course we can always hope that we get a Labour government in the interim, and that this cruel benefit is scrapped

The sooner the better  >bighugs<

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Re: Universal Credit - Claimant Conditionality
« Reply #4 on: 03 Nov 2018 09:32AM »
Thanks Monic and Sunshine. Iím hoping I will be okay,and  not lose out.  My mortgage is paid for in a couple of years, I had thought of paying off some extra each month to shorten the time, in case I do lose out heavily under Universal Credit.
Thatís possibly a good idea anyway, regardless of whatís happening with Universal Credit. My mortgage is about a third of what rent for a similar property would be, so I know I am very lucky.
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