Proposed changes to employed person’s allowance and proposed change to income support for lone parents

Closed 11 Jan 2018

Opened 30 Nov 2017

Feedback Updated 21 Jun 2018

We Asked

We asked you to comment on proposed changes to the minimum work requirements for employed person’s allowance and on a proposed reduction in the upper age limit of the youngest or only child of a lone parent for the purpose of eligibility for income support.

You Said

We received a total of 205 responses – some were in favour of the proposals, some were against. The Treasury would like to thank all the respondents, especially those who also provided comments and suggestions.

We Did

The Treasury is now considering the responses and comments provided and will shortly determine the outcome.  Further feedback will follow over the course of this process.


This consultation is about proposed changes to the entitlement criteria for the following income-related social security benefits:

  • employed person’s allowance, and
  • income support for lone parents

Why We Are Consulting

The proposed changes would have significant social and economic impacts.

This consultation will enable us to decide whether:
  • the proposed changes should be progressed
  • they need changing
  • what exceptions may need to be made

What Happens Next

Treasury will consider all of the comments received and will then publish a document summarising the responses and stating what it intends to do next.


  • All Areas


  • Children & young people
  • Unemployed
  • Parents, carers and & guardians
  • People with disabilities or long term illness


  • Policies, strategies & plans