This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Work for your dole'.

 
 
 
DWP Central Freedom of Information Team
Annex A 
 
e-mail: [email address].  
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Our Ref: VTR 4838
 
 

DATE: 10 October 2013
Annex A 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dear Wendy Wilson, 
 
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received on 09 October.   You asked for:- 
 
With the new system set to start from April 2014 (i.e. work for your JSA) it is stated that Job 
seekers will have to work for 30 hours a week. 
As the National Minimum wage is currently £6.31 per hour - 
And as JSA is currently £71.70 per week - 
This means that to have to work for your dole of £71.70 per week at the rate of the National 
Minimum wage of £6.31 - this equates to 11.36 hours only. 
Will the DWP please confirm why anyone should have to work for just over 18 and a half hours 
a week - for absolutely nothing? 
If anyone does so they are a mug, because if they work 30 hours a week for £71.70 this 
means that they will be working for the equivalent of £2.30 an hour. 
Would YOU millionaires do that? 
No - then why should anyone else? 
 
You can expect a reply by 06 November unless I need to come back to you to clarify your 
request or the balance of the public interest test needs to be considered. 
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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