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Conditionality earnings threshold

The level of earnings over which conditionality requirments will no longer apply. The threshold is set at a rate you would be paid at the appropriate National Minimum Wage hourly rate, converted to a monthly amount. The threshold is normally based on a 35-hour working week if you are subject to all work-related requirements but can be less hours if the Secretary of State considers it fits in with caring responsibilities. The threshold is set at 16 hours if you are subject to work-focused interview group only requirements or the work preparation requirement. Rules are slightly different for couples, the self-employed and apprentices.