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Lone Parents Written Answer, 01/05/14 [E/NI/S/W]

Written Answer given in the House of Commons on 1 May 2014 in response to Kerry McCarthy's (Lab) question asking the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance he has issued to jobcentres on how claimant commitments should take into account the caring responsibilities of single parents.

The Minister of State for Employment, Esther McVey, replied that all advisers have access to comprehensive and clear procedures, guidance and extensive learning which equips them to agree a Claimant Commitment, taking account of each claimant’s individual circumstances, including the caring responsibilities of single parents.

As with other claimants, lone parents are still expected to be available and actively seeking employment. However, there are restrictions that can be applied to the requirements of this group, in order to take into account their caring responsibilities.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the House of Commons Hansard 1 May 2014 which is available from the UK Parliament website.

Further Information

House of Commons Hansard 1 May 2014