June 2014 Extending Waiting Time for Benefit


The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) has issued a consultation on the government's intention to extend the number of days a claimant must wait before they are entitled to receive jobseeker's allowance (JSA) or employment and support allowance (ESA) from three to seven.

The DWP has estimated that, as a result of this proposal, the average loss of benefit at the start of each award will be £40 for JSA claimants and £50 for ESA claimants. The savings generated are intended to fund other initiatives designed to help people find work.

Announcing the consultation, chair of the committee Paul Gray said -

‘As benefits are now being paid fortnightly in arrears, it is important that we understand the full impact of this change – particularly on the most vulnerable. We are keen to hear from anyone who is able to provide information about the consequences of this change.'

The closing date for responses to the consultation is 13 June 2014

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