There are conditions that usually apply if you are a nominated responsible carer for a child or qualifying young person. Your work-related requirements will be set out on your Claimant Commitment and your adviser will explain these to you.
The work related requirements that apply to you will depend on the age of your youngest child and will change as your child gets older.
The cost and availability of childcare is also considered when looking at the work you can do.
If you are part of a couple, only one adult can be named as the responsible carer for all dependent children and qualifying young persons in your Universal Credit claim.
If you are the responsible foster parent of a child aged between 1 and 16 (or a Qualifying Young Person where the young person has exceptional needs) you will be expected to take part in interviews to talk about your plans for returning to work when circumstances allow.
If you are a parent of a child who has caring responsibilities but are not the named responsible carer of your child your work related requirements may be adjusted to take into account your caring responsibilities. These will be set out on your Claimant Commitment and your adviser will explain these to you.
You can only change the responsible carer once in any 12 month rolling period starting from the date that the latest change happened. A decision maker can consider changing this more than once in some circumstances.
You must contact Universal Credit if you want to change the responsible carer.