Reply To: Extended payments and LHA


I think it’s more to do with the fact that DWP’s lawyers have always regarded extended payments as being a huge complicated legal issue that needs to be treated with extreme caution.

I have often wondered why this is so. I am sure the same policy objective could have been achieved by providing for earnings to be disregarded during the first four weeks of employment. If that approach were adopted, there would be some small differences from the current EP scheme – in the more obscure “mover” scenarios people might lose out on a few quid, as would those who manage to time the arrival of a non-dep to coincide with their new job. But 99% of EP cases would work out exactly the same as they do now – all achieved by one little paragraph in Schedule 4. But I am not a lawyer and so there may well be some very good reason why the Regs cannot be drafted that way.

But I don’t think it’s a secret plan to get in-work claimants onto LHA!