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DWP Central Freedom of Information Team
Annex A 
 
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28 August 2013
Annex A 
 
Jason Davies 
 
 
 
 
 
Dear Mr Davies,  
 
 
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received on 23 August 2013. You asked  
 
"A3. Claimants will not be mandated to use IADs available in Jobcentre Plus offices and will, 
therefore, not be sanctioned if they refuse to use them. Use of IADs by claimants is 
voluntary." 

 
Please provide the legislation and/or regulations which confirm that jobseekers cannot be 
mandated to use IADs in Jobcentres. 
 
Please also confirm that if a jobseeker exercises their right not to use an IAD in the 
Jobcentre that they would not be sanctioned if they also refuse to create and/or use a 
Universal Jobmatch account by way of the IAD. 
 
It may be helpful if I explain the role of the Freedom of Information Act. The Act provides a 
right of access to recorded information held by a public authority like DWP (subject to certain 
exemptions). The Act does not provide that a public authority must create new information to 
answer questions; nor does it provide that a public authority give advice, opinion or 
explanation in relation to issues/policies under question.  
 
 
In cases where a person asks a question, rather than request recorded information, we do 
our utmost to provide the recorded information that best answers the question. Once the 
public authority has provided the recorded information, it has met its obligations under the 
Act; interpretation of the information provided is left to the requestor. 
 
The recorded information we hold that best answers these questions is contained in 
paragraphs 54 to 90 in Chapter 03 of the Universal Jobmatch Toolkit which says:  
 
Issuing a Jobseeker’s Direction to mandate JSA claimants to create a profile and 
public CV in Universal Jobmatch 


54. Where you have explained the benefits to claimants of creating a profile and public CV in 
Universal Jobmatch and they will not do so willingly, they can be mandated to create a 
profile and public CV.  
55. However, for legal reasons, you cannot issue a Jobseeker’s Direction to mandate a 
claimant to create a profile and public CV unless a DWP IAD service is reasonably 
available to them should they need to use one - for example, because they do not want to 
accept cookies and therefore need to have access to a device on which cookies have 
already been accepted.  
56. You  also  cannot issue a Jobseeker’s Direction to mandate a claimant to give us access to 
their account – this is their decision not ours.  
What to consider before issuing a Direction 
57. The Jobseeker’s Direction guidance explains the factors that must be considered before a 
Jobseeker’s Direction is issued. In particular, a Jobseeker’s Direction mandating claimants 
to create a profile and public CV in Universal Jobmatch must be reasonable in terms of: 
  improving the claimant’s employment prospects; and   
  the claimant being able to use the service. 
58. For the majority of claimants, creating a profile and public CV in Universal Jobmatch will be 
an important part of improving employment prospects. However, actually creating a profile 
and public CV and using the service may be less than straightforward for some claimants if 
they are not reasonably able to use the service, for example those: 
  with a learning or other health-related condition; or 
  for whom English is their second language; or 
  who lack appropriate literacy and/or numeracy skills; or 
  who are not reasonably able to access their own computer/device (for example, because 
they do not have such a device or cannot afford to access the internet) and are not 
reasonably able to access an alternative internet access device in their area (for 
example, because of their personal circumstances, poor internet service in the area or 
lack of access to affordable internet access). 
59. Before issuing a Direction, you must also take into account whether the claimant can 
reasonably access a DWP IAD should they either not have reasonable access to the 
internet or should they wish to exercise their right not to accept cookies. You will need to 
take into account all of the claimant’s circumstances (for example, their health, any 
restrictions on their availability, whether they have childcare available) and the availability 
of IADs in your office. For example, if your office has: 
  not yet installed any IADs; or 
  a high number of claimants who need access to a DWP IAD. For example because they: 
  do not have access to the internet; or 
  are required to use UJ and wish to exercise their choices relating to cookies.  
60. All these considerations must be taken into account before deciding to issue a Jobseeker’s 
Direction. If one or more of the circumstances in the previous paragraphs apply and you 
deem it is unreasonable for the claimant to use Universal Jobmatch, you must: 
  record why it is not reasonable to issue a Direction, for example, “Claimant not using 
Universal Jobmatch – English as a second language” or “Claimant not using Universal 
Jobmatch – does not wish to accept cookies and claimant has no reasonable access to 
an IAD” in the ‘Additional Notes’ field within the ‘More’ hotspot on LMS; and 
  select the ‘Pilots’ Hotspot on LMS; (or where the ‘Pilots’ Hotspot is not shown, you will 
need to select the ‘New Initiative’ Hotspot and select ‘Pilots’ from the dropdown menu 

list); then from the next window find the ‘UJ Pilot Marker’ option; then select ‘No UJ 
account’
 from the dropdown menu list and select the [Save] button.  
61. Both these actions are required so you do not keep asking the claimant each time they 
attend at the office. 
62. In cases where a direction is not reasonable you will need to review the claimant's 
jobsearch activity using other means. 
63. However, where a claimant may not be required to use Universal Jobmatch but 
subsequently their circumstances change (for example, they move house to an area where 
there is a good broadband service and are able to afford internet access) you must take the 
action described in paragraphs 35 to 53 as appropriate.     
64. A Direction must not be issued to ‘credits only’ claimants because a referral to a Decision 
Maker for an ‘opinion only’ decision must not be made for ‘credits only’ claimants who 
refuse or fail to comply with a Jobseeker’s Direction. 
Action required if you consider a Jobseeker’s Direction is appropriate 
65. If you have decided that it would be reasonable to issue the claimant with a Jobseeker’s 
Direction, after taking into account the considerations tell the claimant they must create a 
UJ profile and public CV. 
Cookies Factsheet 
66. It is vital the Cookies factsheet is issued to the claimant so they are able to make a fully 
informed decision about their choices relating to cookies and you explain that they can use 
one of the IADs in the Jobcentre should they not wish to accept cookies on their own 
computer/device. The factsheet is available in English and Welsh. 
Recording the Direction on LMS 
67.  You must record the Direction on LMS as follows: 
 [Direction Reason] field: “Universal Jobmatch will improve the claimant’s prospects of 
finding work”  
  [Details & Method of Achieving] field: “You will create a profile and public CV within 
Universal Jobmatch by --/--/--.”  
68. You must take the action described in paragraph 76 when setting the ‘by date’ in the 
Direction.  
Claimant says they do not want to accept cookies on their own computer/device  
69. In these cases you must also arrange a date and time for the claimant to use the IAD so 
they are able to carry out the direction. The amount of time you allow for a claimant to carry 
out the direction will vary and you must consider this on a case by case basis – i.e. some 
claimants may need 1 hour but others may need much longer (there is no specific time limit 
on this) and if so, a longer time slot to use the IAD must be arranged. Claimants are entitled 
to travel cost reimbursement for appointments outside their normal signing arrangements.  
Issuing the Jobseeker’s Direction letter and Cookies Factsheet  
70. You  must: 
  attach the Cookies factsheet to the Jobseeker’s Direction letter and give both to the 
claimant; and 
  record in LMS Conversations “Cookies Factsheet issued.”        

What you must make clear to the claimant  
71. You will need to make sure the claimant understands how to register for a Government 
Gateway Account (this will not be necessary if the claimant tells you they already have a 
Government Gateway Account) and create a profile and public CV within Universal 
Jobmatch. Scenario 15 in Learning Product 05 contains full details on how a claimant 
creates a profile and Scenario 16 contains further details on how a claimant creates a 
public CV;  
NOTE: You may also issue the ‘How to Use Universal Jobmatch’ leaflet, which is available in 
English and Welsh if you think it will help the claimant understand how to register and login to 
their account. If so, you will need to select either the English or Welsh link in this paragraph 
and print the leaflet.  
72. You must also explain they will need to provide evidence that they have complied with the 
Direction. In doing so, explain that if they allow DWP to access their UJ account suggest 
that they only need to bring in the e-mail address they used to create their UJ profile and 
public CV as we will be able to check their account using these details. However, if the 
claimant does not wish to allow DWP access to their account (and this is their decision not 
ours) suggest this may take the form of: 
  Prints of their CV screens/pages from their Universal Jobmatch account. However, 
this will not be possible for claimants who do not have access to a printer or cannot 
afford to print out copies of these pages; or  
  Showing us these CV screens/pages from their Universal Jobmatch account if they 
have access to the internet on a smartphone. Districts will need to consider the 
guidance on Restricted Use of Electronic Media in Jobcentres although paragraph 7 
in this guidance enables offices to allow claimants to use their mobiles for this 
purpose. 
73. If it is not possible for the claimant to do any of the above, or the claimant does not wish to 
accept cookies and so needs to use a DWP IAD, advise the claimant that they can login to 
their UJ account from an available IAD in your office and print off the relevant CV 
screens/pages. 
74. However, the onus is on the claimant to provide evidence that they have created a profile 
and public CV by whatever means they choose. 
75. Therefore, if the claimant does not wish to do this, you will need to decide whether they 
have complied with the Direction based on the evidence they have provided. 
Setting the date by which the direction must be carried out 
76. You must take into account a claimant’s experience and ability to use the internet and 
access to the internet (in particular if they need to use an IAD) when setting the date by 
which the claimant must have carried out the direction. For example, more time will need to 
be given: 
  for somebody who has very little or no experience of the internet because a referral to 
local provision on how to use on-line channels may be necessary; or 
  where your office has a high number of claimants who need access to an IAD.  
Cancelling the Direction 
77. If the claimant contacts the Jobcentre before the date when the Direction must be carried 
out because they decided not to accept cookies on their computer/device and therefore 
wish to use an IAD in the Jobcentre to create a profile and public CV you must arrange a 
date and time for the claimant to use the IAD.    

78. However, if you cannot arrange this by the date on which the Direction must be carried out 
you must cancel the original Direction and issue a new Direction to the claimant which 
takes account of the new appointment date.  
79. If the claimant attends on their allocated day and time to carry out the Direction but 
subsequently cannot complete their profile and public CV within the time allowed on the 
IAD, then you must tell them to save their public CV in UJ by selecting the ‘Save for later’ 
link at the bottom of the web page they have completed. 
80. You must then cancel the original Direction make a new IAD appointment and issue a new 
Direction to the claimant which takes account of the new appointment date.          
Following up the Direction 
81. The Direction will be followed up at the claimant’s next attendance at the Jobcentre after 
the date set in the Jobseeker’s Direction whether it is a jobsearch review or advisory 
interview. 
Claimant has created a profile and public CV in Universal Jobmatch and allowed 
DWP to access their account 
82. If the claimant created a profile and public CV in their Universal Jobmatch account and 
allowed DWP access, you will be able to check this by finding the claimant in the UJ 
application and logging into their account. You will then need to: 
  record the Jobseeker’s UJ ID number in the ‘Additional Notes’ field within the ‘More’ 
hotspot on LMS so you can easily and accurately access their UJ account in future; and 
  select the ‘Pilots’ Hotspot on LMS; (or where the ‘Pilots’ Hotspot is not shown, you will 
need to select the ‘New Initiative’ Hotspot and select ‘Pilots’ from the dropdown menu 
list); then from the next window find the ‘UJ Pilot Marker’ option; then select ‘Man UJ – 
DWP access’
 from the dropdown menu list and select the [Save] button. This is 
required so you do not keep asking the claimant each time they attend at the office.  
Claimant agrees to create a profile and public CV in Universal Jobmatch but has 
not allowed DWP to access their account 
83. If the claimant created a profile and public CV in their Universal Jobmatch account but has 
not allowed DWP access you will be able to check they have created a profile by finding the 
claimant in the UJ application.  
84. You will not be able to login to their account to check they have created a public CV - you 
will do this by looking at the evidence the claimant has provided by one of the methods in 
paragraphs 72 to 75. However, when you search for the claimant, in the UJ application it 
will tell you they have completed a profile and therefore has created an account because 
your search will open a page that returns a message which says, “User has not provided 
permissions to access account ”
  
85. However, if the evidence provided by the claimant is insufficient and you are not completely 
satisfied they have created a profile and public CV, you must refer the doubt to a Decision 
Maker. 
86. If you are satisfied that the claimant has created a profile and public CV you will then need 
to select the ‘Pilots’ Hotspot on LMS; (or where the ‘Pilots’ Hotspot is not shown, you will 
need to select the ‘New Initiative’ Hotspot and select ‘Pilots’ from the dropdown menu list); 
then from the next window find the ‘UJ Pilot Marker’ option; then select ‘Man UJ – no 
access’
 from the dropdown menu list and select the [Save] button. This is required so you 
do not keep asking the claimant each time they attend at the office.   

Agreeing how often the claimant will check their Universal Jobmatch account for 
jobs on the Jobseeker’s Agreement  
87. When the claimant has created a profile and public CV, you must also agree with them and 
record within the What I will do to identify and apply for jobs part of the Jobseeker’s 
Agreement how often the claimant will check their UJ account for jobs. In doing so, for 
those claimants using the DWP IAD, take into account all of their circumstances, including:  
  the availability of IADs; 
  the ability of the claimant to get into the Jobcentre on a regular basis (for example their 
childcare/caring responsibilities or other restrictions agreed on their Jobseeker’s 
Agreement. If the claimant has childcare responsibilities, you must make clear to the 
claimant that they do not need to make any extra childcare arrangements, i.e. they will 
only be required to use a DWP IAD during periods covered by existing childcare 
arrangements); and 
  claimants are entitled to travel cost reimbursement for appointments outside their normal 
signing arrangements. 
 
Referral to a Decision Maker required 
88. If the claimant has not carried out the direction by the date they were required to do so or 
you are not satisfied from the evidence presented by the claimant that they have complied, 
the case must be referred to a Decision Maker selecting the ‘Refuse/Fail Jobseeker 
Direction (UJ)’ option from the drop down menu in LMS for AR Code JSA/718UJ.  
NOTE IMPORTANT: Before you make the referral, you must first check LMS Conversations to make 
sure that the Cookies Factsheet was recorded as issued. If this is not recorded, you cannot refer the doubt 
to the Decision Maker. Instead, you must cancel the original Direction and issue a new Direction to the 
claimant.  
 
Action required by Decision Maker 
89. The Decision Maker will make their decision in the usual way using DMAS AR Code 
JSA/718UJ. 
 
JSA Work Programme (WP) participants 
90. You  must not mandate JSA WP participants to create a profile and public CV in Universal 
Jobmatch. This is because it is for WP Providers to determine and provide the support their 
participants need to find work including (where appropriate) mandatory requirements. 
Separate guidance is being prepared for WP Providers on the use of UJ. 
 
If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number 
above.   
Yours sincerely, 
 
 
 
DWP Central FOI Team 

 
 
 
 
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