News24.com 3rd November, 2018 12:58:30 The Government will soon announce plans to close a loophole in the welfare benefit system and make the children of welfare recipients eligible for free schooling, according to Education Minister Andrew Stoner.
The move follows a call from Education Secretary James Brokenshire to “open up” the system in an attempt to help the Government “improve its delivery”.
Mr Brokenshi has set out his priorities for the welfare system in a letter to the House of Lords, which will be published on Monday.
Mr Brookesi said the Government would work to create a new “new entitlement” to help people to “gain and retain skills”.
“We will be creating an entitlement to give support to people who have an advantage in the workforce and in their lives, so that they can better prepare for the future,” he said.
“This entitlement will be based on the skills of those who are in work and on the quality of their education.”
The letter was delivered to the Lords on Monday afternoon, but Mr Brokesi said it was not intended to be published until Monday.
“It was meant to be made available for Lords consideration, so it would be useful for them to look at it,” he told BBC News.
In the letter, Mr Brokelshire said he had a number of “high priority” reforms, including: “Reducing the burden on welfare recipients by eliminating the ability of the taxpayer to claim benefits. “
We are continuing to work with the relevant departments and departments of government to deliver better outcomes for children.”
The changes will also include a new entitlement for children who are able to attend school without the benefit of a parent, in a bid to ensure there is a “continuing flow of benefits to parents who need them”. “
Ensuring that all benefits are given to the most disadvantaged families and that welfare payments are only spent on essentials.”
The changes will also include a new entitlement for children who are able to attend school without the benefit of a parent, in a bid to ensure there is a “continuing flow of benefits to parents who need them”.
“This will include children who have a disability or a mental health issue who are also unable to attend primary school,” Mr Brokenhire said.
In a letter sent to the Commons Education Committee, Mr Stoner said the government had to “look again at how we deliver our education system”.
“A new entitlement will enable people to gain and retain the skills they need to be successful in the job market,” he wrote.
“I am pleased that our Government is now beginning to look again at the way it delivers and manages its welfare benefits, to see if we can deliver a welfare system that works for all.”
In March, the Government introduced a £6.5 billion package of measures to help low-income families in the UK, including introducing a “bedroom tax” on some homes, as well as a £3 billion boost for councils.
Mr Brokensi told the Commons education committee that he believed the Government was in the “right place” to improve its welfare system.
“This is something that we all have in common, that we have to do it in a way that will actually improve people’s lives and help people succeed,” he added.
A Department for Education spokesperson said the reforms will see the number of children eligible for state-funded schooling go from one in 10 to one in three in 2020-21.
The Department said it would continue to look for ways to improve the quality and delivery of education for disadvantaged children.
Education Secretary Andrew Stoners letter to Parliament Education Minister John Swinney said the measures announced in the letter to MPs would help ensure “the benefits that support and prepare people for work, the opportunities for them that they have to improve their skills, the support that they get for those things, are being given to those who need it the most”.
“We will also work with our local communities to help make sure that the benefits are giving people the opportunity to go to university and to achieve those things that they want to achieve,” he continued.
Labour’s Shadow Minister for Education, Sarah Wollaston, said she was disappointed by the Government’s decision to close the loophole.
She said: “We need to have an education policy that is fair to everyone and the Government has no plans to do that.”
It’s important that people have access to quality education so that we can succeed in a world of uncertainty.
“Education is a key part of that, so I’m very disappointed by this decision.”
“It seems the Government is determined to use the Education Bill to push through its own unpopular education policies.”
I hope this government listens to the thousands of children across England and Wales who are struggling to get the education they need and who deserve the support they need.
“The Government has already closed the “bedroom subsidy” for children aged 18-20 in England.
It also closed the free school meals scheme for children in England from April 1st, 2020.
On Tuesday, the Department