In the current 1819 validation rules, to be eligible for full funding via other state benefits you cannot work more that 20 hours a week. Guessing this is due to 16 times the national min wage mentioned in the 1819 AEB guidance: receives other state benefits (not listed in paragraph 149) and earns either
less than 16 times the appropriate age-related rate of the national minimum
wage / national living wage a week, or £338 a month (individual claims) or £541 a month (household claims)
Anyone heard if anything is changing for 1920, or if we are expecting another version of the 1920 AEB rules? As the minimum wage has gone up, is it likely that the £338 threshold will increase? The paragraph has changed slightly and removed the 16 times bit out: receives other state benefits (not listed in paragraph 150) and their earned
income (disregarding benefits) is less than £338 a month (learner is sole
adult in their benefit claim) or £541 a month (learner has a joint benefit
claim with their partner)
so are they making it harder to qualify under this paragraph? ie you have to work less hours?
If the validation rules stays as is (cannot work over 20 hours), based on the minimum wage, its could allow people through who don’t actually qualify ie an under 18 year old working 20 hours per week would earn over £338:
£4.35 per hour x 20 hours x 4 weeks = £348
We are working on our 1920 enrolment forms and just want to make it really clear that the student has to currently work under a certain number of hours to be eligible to say they want to “progress into more sustainable employment”.