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Isle of Man Government opens public consultation on increasing benefit worker hours

The Tynwald building in Douglas. Photo: ITV Granada

The Isle of Man Treasury is seeking feedback on plans to make those who claim benefits work more hours.

A public consultation wants residents to submit views on matters such as increasing hours for those with children to qualify for support once their youngest child reaches six years old.

It also asks whether income support for lone parents should have different conditions.

The current system says any lone parents can claim income support as long as their child is under 12 with no requirement to look for work.

If altered, the age would instead be six years old, with the parent eligible for jobseeker's allowance.

Should any amendments be made, Treasury have said there would be a year's lead-in period to give families time to adjust.

The deadline for the consultation is 11 January 2018.

To view the consultation, click here.