Is signing up to Universal Jobmatch compulsory to claim JSA?

Jason Davies made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please refer to this web link: http://unemploymentmovement.com/forum/un...

On that web page there is a scanned copy of a document from Taunton JCP. With reference to this document:

1. Is this document specific to Taunton JCP or will all Jobcentres be issuing these?

2. Is it specific to people on the Work Programme or is it applicable to all job seekers?

3. Please provide reference to the guidelines that support the assertion on this document that "To satisfy JSA conditionality you will be required to confirm the details below and confirm you have registered on the Universal Jobsmatch site"
Please provide specific confirmation that a land line number, a mobile number and an email address are required as previous FOIs have shown that none of these are required for JSA conditionality because they conflict with Data Protection rights.

4. Please confirm that provided the jobseeker can demonstrate he has an adequate electronic CV that it will not be necessary to provide the Jobcentre/DWP with an electronic copy of that CV for any purpose, but specifically for the purpose of Universal Jobmatch.

5. Please confirm, or otherwise, that the last statement, "I give DWP permission to access my Universal Jobmatch account" may be crossed out (i.e. the job seeker may decline this permission without it affecting his benefit entitlement).

6. Please confirm, or otherwise, that the statement "Q8. Does everyone have to register to search for jobs?
No, but if not, jobseeker’s will not be able to access all the facilities listed in question 7." in this DWP document: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/universal-job..., is correct, i.e. that there is no mandation to Universal Jobmatch and that JSA is not conditional on signing up for it.

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Jason Davies

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Dear DWP freedom-of-information-requests,

Please note that there is a better version of the document in question here: http://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2012/11/...

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Jason Davies

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Work and Pensions's handling of my FOI request 'Is signing up to Universal Jobmatch compulsory to claim JSA?'.

The reason is that DWP has not responded, as required by law, by the 14th December.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
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Jason Davies

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Dear Mr Jason Davies,

Attached is the response to your Freedom of Information request - Is
signing up to Universal Jobmatch compulsory to claim JSA?

<<4493 Response PDF.pdf>>

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Dear Jason Davies,

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request - Is signing up to Universal Jobmatch compulsory to claim JSA?

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