Consultation: extending the number of days benefit is not paid at the beginning of a claim

The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) has launched a call for evidence about a plan to increase the number of days a new claimant is not entitled to benefit payments from 3 days to 5 days. This would affect those claiming Jobseekers Allowance and Employment Support Allowance. The average loss of benefit would be, on average, £40 for JSA claimants and £50 for ESA claimants. The change is intended to commence in October.

The deadline for responses to be with the SSAC is 13th June 2014.

Government proposal to extend benefit waiting days consultation

Social Security Waiting Days Revised Regulations 2014

Equality Analysis for JSA and ESA

Explanatory Memorandum

If you would like to share your insight into how this may affect individuals you work with please respond directly to SSAC or contact the HSEU by Wednesday 11th June at