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  • Expansion of Restart Scheme eligibility criteria

    Created: 06/06/2022

    Since its launch in June 2021, the Restart Scheme has been successful in helping many Universal Credit (UC) claimants break down their barriers to employment and move closer to or into work. 

    To give even more UC claimants the opportunity to be supported back into employment, a further change was made to the eligibility criteria on 09 May 2022. 

    This change will mean that to be eligible for a referral, claimants will no longer have to have spent nine months in the Intensive Work Search Regime (IWSR) continuously. Time spent in other regimes will count towards the nine-month period on UC to make the claimant eligible. 

    This change will allow claimants to be selected for consideration for a referral to the Restart Scheme who:  

    • Are in the IWSR at the point of selection
    • Have spent at least nine months (39 weeks) on UC   
    • Have spent the last six months (26 weeks) prior to selection in any (or a combination) of the following regimes:   
      • IWSR
      • Light Touch Out of Work  
      • No Work-Related Requirements 
      • Work Focused Interview  
      • Work Preparation  

    Prior to this six-month period, the claimant could have been in any regime, including Light Touch in Work and/or Working Enough. 

    Participation in the Restart Scheme will continue to be mandatory for all claimants that are referred, and the support will last for a maximum of 12 months. 

    Check out the DWP Restart Scheme page.

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