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Kwasi Kwarteng to cut benefits if part-timers don’t work harder

Chancellor’s move comes as Liz Truss says UK has too many ‘economically inactive’ people

Adam Forrest
Thursday 22 September 2022 11:04 BST
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More than 100,000 people in part-time work could face a benefit cut if they fail to properly look to do more hours, Kwasi Kwarteng is set to announce in his mini-budget on Friday.

The chancellor is set to reveal a significant welfare shake-up, with claimants currently allowed a “light touch” arrangement if working nine hours a week asked to take “active steps” to work up to 15 hours a week from January.

If they fail to do so, under Mr Kwarteng’s new plan, their benefit payments as part of the Universal Credit system could be reduced.

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