Myth of the month: Do I have to look for work when I have a young child and I’m on benefits?
If you are a parent claiming Income Support or Universal credit you will probably be required to take some action to prepare you for returning to work. How much you will be required to do will depend on your circumstances.
Some people (such as single parents with a child under one) will not have to do anything, while other parents will be expected to take all reasonable action to obtain full-time work.
If you are in a couple and you claim Universal Credit one of you will have to meet all work related requirements, the other parent may have fewer requirements, but this will depend on the age of the child.
See our advice page for more details.
This advice applies in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. If you live in another part of the UK, the law may differ. Please call our helpline for more details.
If you have further questions and would like to contact our advice team please use our advice contact form below or call us.