DWP says “no legal requirement for Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants to undertake 35 hours of Work Search…each week”

“As there is no legal requirement for Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants to
undertake 35 hours of Work Search Activity each week, no legislation or
national guidance stating otherwise exists.” https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/243530/response/596234/attach/html/3/5312%20reply.pdf.html

Above quote is despite Jobcentre ‘Advisers’/Work Coaches seeking to impose a 35 hour a week Jobsearch requirement for JSA, when such a requirement only exists for Universal Credit and disclosing information that the 35 hour requirement existed for ‘New Style JSA’.
The JSA Supervised Jobsearch Pilot is a randomised trial involving a 35 hour a week jobsearch provision at DWP provider premises.

 

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Dystopian 35 Hours a Week Supervised Jobsearch for Jobseeker’s Allowance Pilot

The Supervised Jobsearch Pilot Scheme

3.  (1)  The Supervised Jobsearch Pilot Scheme is prescribed for the purposes of section 17A(1) (schemes for assisting persons to obtain employment: “work for your benefit” schemes etc) of the Jobseekers Act 1995.

(2) The Supervised Jobsearch Pilot Scheme (“the Scheme”) is a scheme—

(a) that is designed to provide support and assistance to a claimant in their search to find employment, in a supervised environment, for up to 35 hours per week over a period of up to 13 weeks; and

(b) which involves an initial interview with the Scheme provider to discuss what the claimant is required to do by way of participation in the Scheme and may also involve training or other activity to help improve a claimant’s job search skills, help preparing for job interviews and assistance with job applications and preparing a curriculum vitae.http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2014/9780111115367

Pilot to operate until 30th April 2015 within:

a) East Anglia; – (b) Black Country; – (c) Mercia;- (d) Surrey & Sussex; – (e) West Yorkshire.

New 35 hour per week Job Search commitments confirmed – Universal Credit http://consentarchive.wordpress.com/2013/02/15/thirtyfive/

JSA Claimant Commitment: DWP internal guidance disclosed, 45+ documents http://refuted.org.uk/2013/11/13/jsacommitment/

 

JSA: Rugby and Inverness jobseekers first for Claimant Commitment

Rugby and Inverness will be the first Jobcentres to put the Claimant Commitment into practice for new claimants of Jobseeker’s Allowance – starting this week with national roll out completed by spring 2014. [emphasis added]
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/jobseekers-to-start-signing-new-claimant-commitment-today

“It is important to note that whilst the Claimant Commitment will replace the existing product for the claimant group agreed for roll-out, it will for legislative purposes act as the Jobseeker’s Agreement and claimant acceptance of it will not be a condition of entitlement for JSA as it will be for Universal Credit.”? [emphasis added]
http://www.rightsnet.org.uk/forums/viewthread/5264/

“Outside of Universal Credit, there is no legislative basis for raising sanctions against
the number of hours spent on job search activities.”
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/172892/response/429482/attach/html/3/IR684%20WDTK%20RS%20Van%20Spall.pdf.html

Specimen Claimant Commitments
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/claimant_commitment#incoming-398294

New 35 hour per week Job Search commitments confirmed – Universal Credit
http://consentarchive.wordpress.com/2013/02/15/thirtyfive/

“…ensuring all new JSA and UC claimants are automatically signed on to Universal Jobmatch
http://www.dwp.gov.uk/newsroom/press-releases/2013/mar-2013/dwp042-13.shtml

FOI Watch on Claimant Commitment(s)
https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=”Claimant+Commitment”+site:https://www.whatdotheyknow.com

Debate and Discuss at:
http://unemploymentmovement.com/forum/unemployment-and-job-centre-plus/7250-jobseekers-to-start-signing-new-claimant-commitment-today

Notes: Welfare rights law and DWP guidance, in particular, changes frequently.
You may find more recent information via http://refuted.org.uk/category/ or by using the website search facility (top right)