Policy paper

Restart Scheme

The Restart Scheme will give Universal Credit claimants who have been out of work for at least 9 months enhanced support to find jobs in their local area.

Applies to England and Wales



The Restart Scheme is part of the government’s Plan for jobs and was announced at the Spending Review on 25 November 2020.

Published 14 December 2020
Last updated 26 April 2022 + show all updates
  1. Updated due to changes to the eligibility of the Restart Scheme. Restart Scheme eligibility criteria is expanded so that claimants who are in receipt of Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA IB) can be referred. Claimants in receipt of New Style Jobseekers Allowance (NS JSA) are not eligible for the Restart Scheme.

  2. Updated 'How the Restart Scheme will work'.

  3. Updated guide to reflect that conversations with claimants about the Restart Scheme started on 28 June 2021.

  4. Added Restart scheme: Contract Package Areas.

  5. Updated the guidance following the signing of the Restart Scheme provider contracts. Removed 'Local tailoring in the Kickstart Scheme' documents as this activity has now been completed.

  6. Added 'Local tailoring in the Restart scheme' in both HTML and PDF.

  7. First published.