I am currently a SAHM, I was made redundant when I was on maternity leave so didn't have a job to return too. My children are 1 and 2, my OH works full time, we don't receive any other benefits only tax credits (not working tax) and child benifet.
Am I right in thinking that when my youngest turns 3 I will need to attend the job center if I want to continue with Universal Credit? I'm in Scotland so I have no idea when it all starts but I just want to know whats ahead.
It depends how much your oh works. He needs to earn the equivalent of minimum wage and half again full time hours ( actual hours are irrelevant) then you wouldn't need to work until your youngest dc was 13. Or if he earns the equivalent of double minimum wage you will not have to work at any age to keep receiving UC.
Yep, if you want to continue receiving UC (and your husband's wage makes you eligible to do so), you'll start with meetings when your youngest is three. These are usually positioned around helping you gain skills - it looks like it'll be more about work experience than funding decent training, though. You can attend workshops to develop your CV, for example.
When your youngest is old enough for school, you'll attend regularly, and do "job hunting activities" to "earn the difference".
There will be more data when more people have actually gone through the process, but it's unlikely to change significantly.
Thankyou, I planned to start looking for work again when my youngest started nursery so that's fine. I signed-on at the job center for six months when I was made redundant (income based jobseekers) and the thought of stepping thru they doors again fills me with dread.
My OH earns around Â£25000 - Â£28,000 so we wouldn't be losing a huge amount of TC if I decided to stop claiming.