Personal Income Benefit
A Personal Income Benefit would replace jobseekers benefit, disability living allowance, education maintenance allowance and all other benefits paid directly to the individual.
It would be paid to all qualifying citizens who are not in full-time work; that is not more than twenty (20) hours employment per week.
To qualify for the benefit the person must firstly be a citizen of the United Kingdom; i.e. born in the United Kingdom or have a parent born in the United Kingdom.
Secondly, must carry out fifteen hours of activity of their own choice in the community or involving personal physical or educational development.
In other words, benefits must be earned.
The amount of benefit paid would be the number of hours of actual hours of activity, up to fifteen hours at the minimum wage rate.
A person not born in the United Kingdom will not be entitled to any UK benefits until they have continuously paid UK income tax for five years and also not have committed any criminal offence during that time. That person would then have partially fulfilled the criteria to become a UK citizen. The other citeria would be to gain a GCSE in English Language and Mathematics.
Personal Income Benefit would also be payable to people serving an apprenticeship with an employer. This would be in addition to the apprentices wages. The amount payable would be related to the number of hours of college based education.