Tuesday, November 18, 2008

HEors may well need to quote Kitty Ussher on this...

From written answers:

"Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak, Labour) | Hansard source

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

(1) whether the provision of additional flexibilities in the Social Security (Lone Parents and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2008 for those lone parents who face circumstances that need special consideration will include those who home educate out of necessity rather than choice;

(2) what provision has been made in the Social Security (Lone Parents and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2008 for those lone parents who home educate their children out of necessity rather than choice; what estimate he has made of the number of children who are home educated out of (a) necessity and (b) choice; and if he will make a statement.

Kitty Ussher (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions; Burnley, Labour) | Hansard source

The proposed Regulation changes will not apply to lone parents who: are in receipt of Carer's Allowance; have a child for whom they are receiving the middle or higher rate care component of Disability Living Allowance; foster children. These lone parents will be exempt and continue to be eligible for Income Support.

Lone parents in these circumstances who are also home educators are included in this group. Those lone parents who do not qualify for exemption and are capable of work will have to claim Jobseeker's Allowance, where they will be required to actively seek and be available for work of at least 16 hours a week.

However, it is recognised that lone parents who home educate may face unique and varied circumstances. Therefore we are ensuring that Jobcentre Plus Personal Advisers will have the appropriate training and guidance to deal with home educators when they make a claim for Jobseeker's Allowance. This will include making use of the proposed additional flexibilities to the Jobseeker's Allowance regime where the individual circumstances of home educators make this necessary. In addition home educators, like all other lone parents, will not be penalised if they have good cause for not taking up a job and the availability and suitability of childcare will be central to such a decision."


Anonymous said...

This only says that lone parents can continue to claim I.S. if they are home educators AND if they are also foster parents, in receipt of care allowance etc. I don't think it says anything different to previous guidelines, which still made it clear that HE parents had to move to job seeker's allowance and work at the same time by putting their children in child care. Unless I have misunderstood.

Anonymous said...

It's not particularly enlightening, but I did forget to sign 'd'!

lotusbirther said...

Remember this discussion is commenting about LONE parents, not other parents.
It (the proposed Regulations which have been slammed by MPs, Lords, Committees alike but are still appearing to be railroaded through)is VERY different to the current regulations and one which will have strong repercussions throughout society. Parenting is now to be considered low value and anyone who needs social security assistance is labelled a layabout workless scrounger. Who cares that I am going into a poorly paid job, having to leave my child in low quality childcare at the mercy of another low paid adult just toget the figures to look good? I do and so do my children, family, friends and neighbours, my brothers and sisters of humanity. Why not the government?