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Can the DWP force me to apply for certain jobs

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

I would like to know if a person has the right to chose what type of jobs that they would like to apply for while they are on Universal Credit or if they are compelled to apply to every single job that is listed?

For example: would a person trained in medicine and with proof of third-level qualifications have to apply for jobs such as a kitchen porter as well as applying for jobs as a doctor?

Yours faithfully,

John-James Schley

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J Roberts left an annotation ()

You may be interested in this UT decision:

60. In evaluating whether a person had a good reason for failing, as directed, to apply for a vacancy a relevant consideration, in the worksearch context, is always likely to include a claimant’s dealings with her work coach. Therefore, Miss B may have had a stronger case had she asked her work coach to reconsider the requirement to apply for the position before making up her own mind about whether to do so. But Miss B did not, and does not, argue that she asked her work coach to reconsider the requirement.

61. ... In general, it would not be consistent with Parliament’s purpose if, following a work coach interview at which a claimant raised no concerns about the appropriateness of a vacancy, the claimant could, without fear of sanction, subsequently decide for themselves that an application would be pointless.

KB v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions[2019] UKUT 408 (AAC)

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