Discussion in 'Welfare and state benefits' started by Mel84, Nov 21, 2016.
Are back to work family dividend and back to work allowance the same thing?
The Back to Work Family Dividend (BTWFD) scheme aims to help families to move from social welfare into employment. It gives financial support to people with qualified children who are in or take up employment or self-employment and as a result stop claiming a jobseeker's payment or a one-parent family payment on or after 5 January 2015.
If you qualify for the scheme you will get a weekly payment for up to 2 years. You will be paid the equivalent of any Increases for Qualified Children that were being paid on your jobseeker or one-parent family payment (up to a maximum of 4 children) for the first year in employment. Half that amount will be paid weekly for the second year.
To qualify, you and all members of your family (including your adult dependant) must sign off all primary social welfare payments. The Back to Work Family Dividend can be paid with Family Income Supplement and some other non-primary social welfare payments. You can also claim certain short-term illness and injury benefits with BTWFD for up to 36 days (see 'Other payments and BTWFD' below). The habitual residence condition applies to BTWFD.
Applications for the scheme have been accepted since Monday 5 January 2015.
The scheme become fully operational from Tuesday 6 May 2015. Payments will be fully backdated where applicable.
The Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA) scheme encourages people getting certain social welfare payments to become self-employed. If you take part in the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance scheme you can keep a percentage of your social welfare payment for up to 2 years.
A new Back to Work Scheme called the Short-Term Enterprise Allowance started in May 2009. There is no qualifying period for the Short-Term Enterprise Allowance. You can get immediate access to the allowance if you meet the qualifying conditions.
Back to Work Enterprise Allowance is only payable up to 66th birthday.
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