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Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what further measures he will take to ease the move from unemployment into work. [108725]

The housing benefit and council tax benefit run-ons ensure that people continue to receive support for the first four weeks after moving into work. From next year, we are extending this help to people in receipt of incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance.The Budget announced the piloting of child care tasters, allowing lone parents access to formal child care to explore how this could support their return to work.And the rapid re-claim system provides a safety net [through the introduction of simpler claim forms and a streamlined process] for people returning to jobseeker's allowance or income support if their job does not work out.