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Restart Scheme

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 173037, tabled on 24 March 2023

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to expand the Restart scheme in the context of the closure of the Job Entry Targeted Support scheme.

Answered on

29 March 2023

First referrals to the Restart Scheme began in July 2021 with an initial focus on those who had been on Universal Credit in the Intensive Work Search (IWS) Regime for between 12 and 18 months.

In early 2022, the scheme expanded to Universal Credit claimants in IWS for 9 months with no upper limit and to claimants who are in receipt of Income Based Jobseekers Allowance.