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House of Commons Hansard
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Working Hours: Lone Parents
11 November 2009
Volume 499
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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will extend the pilot policy to allow up to 16 hours work by lone parents in receipt of the national minimum wage to be disregarded in respect of eligibility for means-tested benefits nationwide; and if she will make a statement. [296860]

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We announced that we would be testing the effectiveness of an improved financial incentive for parents with younger children who work less than 16 hours while on benefit in the 'Progression to Work' pathfinders.

We are proposing to test allowing lone parents with younger children to earn up to £50 before their benefit begins to be withdrawn. The current earnings disregard is £20 a week.

We want to see whether increasing the incentive can support them to make the transition from benefits to sustainable work. When we have tested and evaluated this initiative we will consider introducing this disregard nationally.