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Who will this affect?

At this stage of the roll out, it will affect new single claimants of out-of-work benefits, including those eligible for housing benefit.

It will not apply to:

  • Carers, couples, or anyone with dependent children.
  • People making a claim for Employment and Support Allowance or anyone appealing a decision, or in the mandatory reconsideration period.
  • People who have left the UK for a continuous period of more than four weeks in the last two years (habitual resident test).
  • People who don’t have a current account with a bank, Post Office or credit union.
  • People who are homeless or living in supported or temporary accommodation.
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