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PremierLeague-News.Com - The DWP is also carrying out a review of another 630,000 people who are "economically inactive" to find out what the issues are
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Benefit claimants who are on low incomes and those who are completely "inactive" are to be the focus of a new Government campaign to boost the economy. The Chancellor hinted at the two-pronged approach in his Autumn Statement. It will look at more than 1.2 million Brits altogether but what does it mean and who will be targeted? In his speech, Mr Hunt said the Government's priorities were "stability, growth, and public services" and he admitted that "the UK, like other countries, is now in recession." The Chancellor has predicted a rise in unemployment from 3.6 per cent today to 4.9 per cent in 2024 before falling to 4.1 per cent. There was also an announcement that the State Pension and all benefits would go up by 10.1 per cent from next April, in order to "protect the vulnerable" from the cost of living crisis. This also includes the benefit cap - a restriction on the amount a household can receive in social security support - which will rise for the first time since 2016. But Mr Hunt also cautioned that the Government planned to put new pressures on thousands of Universal Credit claimants as well as looking at those who are economically inactive. READ MORE: When the energy bill discount scheme ends and what happens next What will happen with Universal Credit claimants - who will be targeted? The Chancellor said: "I am also committed to helping people already in-work to raise their incomes, progress in work, and become financially independent. That is why we will ask over 600,000 more people on Universal Credit to meet with a work coach so that they can get the support they need to increase their hours or earnings." The Department for Work and Pensions clarified to BirminghamLive that this will target those whose household income is typically between the equivalent of 15 and 35 hours a week on the National Living Wage.
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. It has meant 114,000 more claimants have been moved into what's called an 'intensive work search' regime. Government guidance says: "For claimants who are able to work, our aim is to encourage them to undertake as much work (and earn as much) as they reasonably can do as quickly as possible. Those who are not working, or working but earning very low amounts, are expected to take intensive action to secure work or more work." The threshold has been raised to £494 per calendar month for a single claimant and £782 per calendar month for couples with combined earnings. Claimants earning below those amounts have to attend weekly or fortnightly appointments with work coaches to see if they need to go on training courses and to check they are applying for jobs, registering with employment agencies, getting references, preparing a business plan, and looking at childcare provision. What's going to be done about people who are 'economically inactive'? The Chancellor said: "I am proud to live in a country with one of the most comprehensive safety nets anywhere in the world but also concerned that we have seen a sharp increase in economically inactive working age adults of 630,000 since the start of the pandemic. "Employment levels have yet to return to pre-pandemic levels which is bad for businesses who cannot fill vacancies and bad for people missing out on the opportunity to do well for themselves and their families. So the PM has asked the Work and Pensions Secretary to thoroughly review issues holding back workforce participation due to conclude early in the new year." This means that DWP chief Mel Stride is to look at why 630,000 people are no longer part of the workplace. The DWP clarified to Birmingham Live that not all of this group will be on benefits as it includes older workers leaving the labour market for reasons such as early retirement. A spokesperson said: "Some will be on benefits, others not, it's a broad review. The inactivity review will examine all inactive people, not just those on benefits. "To understand what action should be taken as a result of the rise in economic inactivity, the Department for Work and Pensions will thoroughly review workforce participation concluding in early 2023. There are currently no published statistics on benefit receipt amongst the economically inactive population." READ NEXT: DWP launches new jobs push to get more over-50s back into work Millions to get new £900 cost of living payment in account, Chancellor announces Get all the latest benefits and money-saving news in our daily newsletters delivered to your inbox Warm Home Discount rule change explained as 750,000 more people qualify for cash DWP offering £812 emergency cash for essentials if you are on specific benefits DWP confirms PIP payments on offer for range of mental health issues - full list Five cost of living payments to help you get through winter
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