Your obligations - Youth Payment

Obligations are the things you are responsible for doing if you are getting the Youth Payment.

If you ever find that you can’t do these things, you must talk to your Youth Service provider as soon as possible.

If you don’t have a good reason for not meeting your obligations, your payment will be reduced or stopped.

Your obligations will include:

  • Working with your Youth Service provider
  • Preparing for your future - education, training or work-based learning
  • Budgeting

Working with your Youth Service provider

You must have regular meetings with your Youth Service provider. They are keen to make sure you are sticking to your plan and will be able to help you with any problems.

You must keep your Youth Service provider up to date with any changes in your life.

If your provider thinks you are not doing all the things you are supposed to, they must advise Work and Income who may reduce or stop your payment.

Preparing for your future - education, training or work-based learning

You have to be actively involved in full-time education, training or work-based learning.

For example, you can be going to school, doing an approved training course, or doing a course at a university or polytech. You must be going to classes and meeting all of the course requirements, like handing in assignments and sitting exams.

Work-based learning is where you are doing an approved training programme as part of your job.

Budgeting

You will need to complete a budgeting course. Your Youth Service provider will find a suitable course for you.

You will also need to have regular meetings with your provider to talk about how you are spending your money.

What happens if you don't meet your obligations?

The first and second time you don’t meet your obligations your weekly allowance will be suspended and any extra incentive payments you have earned will be stopped. You have four weeks to put it right. If you have still not done what is required your full Youth Payment will be stopped.

If it happens a third time your Youth Payment will be stopped immediately. Any extra payments you have earned will also stop.

There may be a time when you can’t meet your obligations. In such situations you may still be able to get your Youth Payment if you talk it through with your provider.