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Walkthrough For DWP Consultation Ending 31st October

Introduction

There is NO interactive online response form. You need to copy the questions from the website and write your answers into a word document, email or letter.

EO Government Policy Group has had confirmation in writing from Roger Pugh, the designated consultations co-ordinator at the DWP, that the Department wishes to gather feedback on ANY issues relating to these Government proposals and that people are NOT bound by the 16 consultation questions.

However, for people who do want to make a full response to the specific consultation questions, EO Government Policy Group has put together a Help File of notes and comments.

Here are some options you might consider:

  • Sending email/letter to the DWP consultation address setting out your views. Several of the sample responses have done just that.
  • Using the questions from the Netmums Survey as the basis of your response to the Department
  • Asking teens to complete the anonymous youngscot.org survey
If you have any difficulties responding to this consultation please send feedback to:

Roger Pugh
Department for Work and Pensions,
Consultation Coordinator, Room 2A,
Britannia House,
2 Ferensway,
Hull HU2 8NF

01482 609571

roger.pugh@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

Your consultation answers should be posted, emailed or sent by attachment to:

welfare.reform@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

Green Paper Consultation Team
Department for Work and Pensions
Level 2, The Adelphi
1-11 John Adam Street
London WC2N 6HT

Making A Response

Go to the main DWP page for this consultation and click on "Consultation" Item 8 in a 9 item list headed "Separate sections".

Alternatively click directly on http://www.dwp.gov.uk/welfarereform/in-work-better-off/consultation.pdf.

This is a short document in .pdf format for which you need Adobe Acrobat. It consists of pages 73-76 of the main DWP consultation document and includes a list of the 16 consultation questions.

It is also advisable to read some of the documents about the Government's proposals, particularly the relatively short Executive Summary and the Impact Assessment.

Education Otherwise Government Policy Group has been in touch with Rosie Hodson from the Department of Work and Pensions, Economy and Labour Market Division. Rosie has stated that home educators can email or write to the Department with comments on the proposals and that there is no need to respond specifically to each question.

Another way you can make your views known is to join the discussion on the Parents Centre Forum which Secretary of State Caroline Flint assures us will also feed into the consultation process.

List of Questions

Here is a list of the questions in case you have difficulty pasting from a .pdf file:

Question 1:
At the moment, lone parents are entitled to Income Support until their youngest child is 16. Is it right that this age should be reduced?

Question 2:
What would the minimum age be?

Question 3:
Should we do more to ensure that our support for lone parents is accessible and useful for all groups, in particular those with disabled children and those from certain disadvantaged groups and areas?

Question 4:
More frequent Work Focused Interviews are currently offered to lone parents in the two years before their eligibility to Income Support is lost. As the age of the youngest child is reduced, should other forms of support be provided, and over what period prior to loss of eligibility?

Question 5:
For lone parents who move onto Jobseeker's Allowance when they lose Income Support eligibility, what forms of support (in addition to those provided to Jobseeker's Allowance claimants who are not lone parents) should be available, and over what timescale?

Question 6:
Jobseeker's Allowance recipients can, in certain circumstances, restrict their search for work to a minimum of 16 hours per week. Should additional flexibilities be available if the proposed changes are made?

Question 7:
What form might a 'better off in work' assurance for lone parents take?

Question 8:
Are any special provisions required for lone parents who move onto benefits other than Jobseeker's Allowance (for example, Employment and Support Allowance or Carer's Allowance)?

Question 9:
In addition to the improvements in childcare provision and the right to request flexible working, is there further support that should be provided to help lone parents into work and support them whilst there?

Question 10:
What more could we do to help working families - especially those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds - improve their earnings and lift themselves out of poverty?

Question 11:
What more could we do to help ethnic minority women, particularly of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin, overcome specific barriers they face?

Question 12:
In exchange for more specialist support, are we right to ask more of those who have been unemployed and receiving benefit the longest?

Question 13:
Should there be any exceptions to this approach of increased conditionality and increased support?

Question 14:
Is a structured, progressive regime of support and conditionality at fixed intervals the right approach?

Question 15:
Should some people be enabled or required to enter the Gateway stage more quickly than others, taking account of their employment history or needs? Which groups should be 'fast-tracked'?

Question 16:
Should we require a period of work experience from those who do not succeed in getting work after benefiting from a more intensive level of help from specialist providers? How can we best ensure that this work experience is beneficial?

Sample Responses

EO Campaign website is uploading sample responses which people can use as a springboard for their own replies. As with all these Government consultations it is advantageous to use your own words and to give practical examples wherever possible.


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