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SSAC Independent Work Programme

The future of working age contributory benefits for those not in paid work

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The Social Security Advisory Committee’s latest detailed report looks at the two contributory benefits for those of working age who are not in paid work: New Style Jobseeker’s Allowance and New Style Employment and Support Allowance. These have not received …

New Style contributory benefits: how well are they working?

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As part of our independent work programme we have recently started a detailed study into New Style Jobseeker’s Allowance and New Style Employment and Support Allowance. These two contributory benefits are for working age individuals who have been in paid …

Social security support through complex life changes

Almost everyone in this country receives support from social security in the course of our lives, as a plethora of different circumstances change.[1] This may be a short-term change - perhaps a period of unemployment or ill-health - or longer …

Understanding the claimant commitment: we want your evidence and insight

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Universal Credit is the main means-tested benefit for those with low incomes, including both those not in paid work and those with low earnings. It is conditional on claimants accepting a ‘claimant commitment’ which is designed as an agreement between …

Separated parents and the social security system: have your say

The social security system supports people in a wide range of circumstances but it is not always clear how effective this support is. This is partly because social security can be complex and different benefits try to do different things …

Young people living independently: reflections on DWP's response to our report

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In May this year, the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) published a report on the subject a particularly vulnerable group of people in our society – young people living independently. It’s an interesting phrase that. It conjures an image of …

Young people living independently need social security too

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Young people who live independently often fall between the cracks of public services designed more with more stereotypical family types in mind. Social security is little different. Entitlement to benefits Nearly 40 years ago, entitlement to benefits was removed for …