Pathways to Work from incapacity benefits: a study of experience and use of Return to Work Credit

A Corden, K Nice

Research output: Other contribution


This report presents findings from a focused study of Return to Work Credit (RTWC) and is based on qualitative research conducted in 2005/6. Return to Work Credit is an innovative component of the 'Choices' package – a range of existing Jobcentre Plus services and new interventions on offer in Pathways pilot areas. RTWC is an earnings supplement available to incapacity benefit recipients who move into paid work. The aim of RTWC was to provide 'clearer returns from working' and 'to ensure a firm transition back to employment' (DWP, 2002). Payable at 40 pounds per week for a maximum of 52 weeks, it is available to those who have been receiving benefits for at least 13 weeks, have found a job of not less than 16 hours, and do not receive earnings in excess of 15,000 pounds per annum. Recipients must reapply at 26 weeks to continue entitlement for a further 26 weeks.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCorporate Document Services
Place of PublicationLeeds
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Publication series

NameDepartment for Work and Pensions Research Summary


  • employment/benefits
  • ill/disabled adults

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