Actively Seeking Employment

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

I would like for you to release the information, the regulations, the law and/or any enforceable legislation that allows the DWP (Department for Work and Pensions), the JCP (Job Centre Plus) or any worker to make any person who claims JSA (Job Seekers Allowance), whether contribution or income based, do more than the required amount of steps to actively seek employment.

I would also like for you to release the information, the regulations, the law and/or any enforceable legislation that relates to what constitutes as 'not a good enough reason' and what is 'a good enough reason' for leaving work voluntarily. I understand that there MAY not be no definitive answer to my second request so would like to continue this by asking, seen as you like to say that you mainly only release information.

Is there also any information, regulations, laws and/or any enforceable legislation that allows a decision maker to sanction someone for leaving work voluntarily even if to travel to and from work is more than 255 miles collectively, which is two hours and twenty minutes (even though the Job Centre itself only expects someone to travel up to 90 minutes) there and about the same back depending on traffic each and every working day.

Saying this, I would also like any information, regulations, laws and/or any enforceable legislation that says that this, (3), is acceptable and that the JC (Job Centre) would expect a Job Seeker to do this (3). I already know that there is no such information for (4) but would like for you to confirm for me please.

I understand that these are separate requests in one but didn't want to make too many requests but can do if you would like/prefer.

Yours faithfully,

Mr s rivers

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