Do you need financial help to return to work?
Return to Work Credit can help! The Return to Work Credit provides financial support available through Pathways to Work from Jobs and Benefits office/JobCentre. Return to Work Credit will be paid during your first year of work.
How much can I claim?
The Return to Work Credit is a tax free payment of £40 a week paid directly to you on top of your wages for 52 weeks if you work for 16 hours or more a week and earn less than £15,000 a year.
Will the Return to Work Credit affect any other benefits or credits I am claiming?
No. The Return to Work Credit will not affect any amount you are paid for Housing Benefit, Working Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit. The Return to Work Credit will not affect the amount you pay for Income Tax or National Insurance contributions. We also ignore the Return to Work Credit if you or your partner claim Income Support or Carer's Allowance or if your partner claims Jobseekers Allowance (income based), or Employment Support Allowance.
How do I know if I can claim the Return to Work Credit?
If you can answer 'Yes' to all five questions below:
- Have you been claiming one of the following for 13 weeks or more
- Employment Support Allowance
- Incapacity Benefit (including credits only)
- Income Support (because of your incapacity)
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Statutory Sick Pay for 13 weeks or more and are now claiming an Incapacity Benefit
- will you be working 16 hours or more a week?
- do you expect your personal annual salary before deductions (or income from trading) to be £15,000 or less a year?
- do you expect your job to last more than five weeks?
- are you starting work or have you started work in the past five weeks?
Note If you are a lone parent you must have a dependent child under 7 years of age to qualify.
I have answered 'Yes' to all of the questions - How do I claim the Return to Work Credit?
You can get an application form from your local Jobs and Benefits office/JobCentre. They will be able to check that you qualify. Your Pathways Personal Adviser can alos give you more information and help complete the form with you.
How will I get the Return to Work Credit?
You can receive the Return to Work Creditfrom the date you start work or become self employed. You must claim within five weeks from the date you start work and claim again after 26 weeks. Your local Jobs and Benefits office/JobCentre will pay the credit to you each week. It will be paid directly into your bank or building society account.
What if I stop working while I'm claiming Return to Work Credit?
If you stop working while you are receiving the Return to Work Credit you must let your local Jobs and Benefits office/JobCentre know immediately. The entitlement to the credit stops when you stop work and/or register a claim for benefit.
What if I change my job in that time?
You can continue to claim the Return to Work Credit if you change employer as long as:
- your annual salary is £15,000 or less
- you do not claim benefit between jobs
- any break between jobs lasts less than five weeks
As well as the Return to Work Credit, there is also a range of other options available to help you. Your Pathways Personal Adviser will discuss this with you.
- Find your local Jobs and Benefits office/JobCentre
- Do you need financial help to Return to Work (Department for Employment and Learning website)
More useful links
- Return to work credit information leaflet (PDF 75 KB)
- Help with PDF files
- ApprenticeshipsNI (education, learning and skills section)
- Training for Success (education, learning and skills section)
- Bridge to Employment for Jobseekers