From October the new claimant commitment is being rolled out in 100 jobcentres nationally. This is a detailed agreement that claimants of JSA and ESA will need to sign in order to claim their benefit. Failure to keep to any part of the agreement will result in sanctions.
As the DWP press release states ‘Jobseekers will have to account more clearly for their efforts to find work’. You can read the full press release at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/claimant-commitment-to-spell-out-what-jobseekers-must-do-in-return-for-benefits
Use of sanctions is already on the increase and it seems likely it will increase further.
Further to this, on 28th October the start of mandatory reconsideration before appeal means that claimants failing the WCA will have to claim jobseekers allowance until the reconsideration has taken place. This means that they will be subject to a jobseeker’s conditionality and at risk of sanctions under the above regime.
NAWRA is keen to monitor the use and effect of sanctions and wants to hear about any examples you have. These could include:
– Sanctions applied inappropriately
– Failure to consider good cause
– Hardship caused as a result
– Inability to seek work as a result of having no money
– Falling into rent arrears and homelessness