Job seekers allowance in 2021, Work search and work availability requirements 26 march 2021

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
Please could you tell me if the following are correct and relevant to job seekers allowance in 2021.
01. Are there any circumstances when a jobseeker (a JSA claimant) may be mandated by Jobcentre plus, by way of a Jobseeker's Direction for example, to provide a telephone number and/or an email address on which the Jobcentre may expect to be able to contact them, if the jobseeker does not wish to provide this information?
Specifically, are there any circumstances in which a jobseeker would (note: not could, or may) be sanctioned for refusing to provide a telephone number and/or an email address?
02. Is it correct that a JSA benefit claimant can choose the
means by which they show Jobsearch evidence?
If a claimant chooses a specific means to show Jobsearch evidence,
can this be included as a mandatory sanctions based obligation in a
JSA Agreement or JSA Claimant Committment
How does a claimant change the mandated or voluntary means of
showing Jobsearch evidence recorded in a JSA Agreement or JSA
Claimant Committment, if they do not want to use the one currently
mandated or volunteered in the Agreement or Committment?
03. Regarding the Claimant commitment are the following to be completed -
01. must be signed and dated by both the claimant and the Work Coach
02. Once the CC has been signed by the Claimant, they must be given a printed copy
to keep.
03. Does each update of the Claimant commitment need to be printed and signed by both the claimant and work coach or can it be agreed verbally without any copy or signatures,must the claimant have a hard physical copy.
04. Can a job seeker be mandated to supply and the jobcentre retain a copy of the claimants C.V. or is evidence of a C.V. proof enough without being retained.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-... 2021

Guidance for people who were receiving benefits before the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Last updated 18 January 2021, see all updates
Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)

All appointments at local Jobs & Benefits offices have been postponed. If you are already receiving benefits, you will continue to receive your payments.

From 30 March 2020 until further notice, attendance at Jobs & Benefits offices for the purposes of signing for benefits has been excused. Work search and work availability requirements have however been reinstated from 3 August 2020 FOR NEW CLAIMS TO JOBSEEKER’S ALLOWANCE.

Staff in the Jobs & Benefits offices will be making calls to Jobseeker’s Allowance recipients to complete Claimant Commitments and to assist and advise on available employment services and ensure that claimants have the support they need.

. Work search and work availability requirements have however been reinstated from 3 August 2020 FOR NEW CLAIMS TO JOBSEEKER’S ALLOWANCE.

1.) WHAT IF YOUR IS NOT A NEW CLAIM? Do you have to for fill Work search and work availability requirements in 26 march 2021 being you’re not a new claim? JSA
WILL YOU BE SANCTIONED THROUGH OUT THE 3RD UPCOMING WAVE OF THE CHINESE COVID-19 VIRUS?

Yours faithfully,

DAVID JAMES

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Specifically, are there any circumstances in which a jobseeker would (note: not could, or may) be sanctioned for refusing to provide a telephone number and/or an email address? 
 
Although JSA claimants may be required to create an email address and provide evidence that they have done so, there is no specific legal requirement for them to tell the DWP what their email address is.  Nor is there a requirement for a claimant to give the DWP their telephone number, as long as there is another means of contact. As such the Department holds no recorded information of such a requirement. 
 
02. Is it correct that a JSA benefit claimant can choose the means by which they show Jobsearch evidence?

If a claimant chooses a specific means to show Jobsearch evidence, can this be included as a mandatory sanctions based obligation in a JSA Agreement or JSA Claimant Committment How does a claimant change the mandated or voluntary means of showing Jobsearch evidence recorded in a JSA Agreement or JSA Claimant Committment, if they do not want to use the one currently mandated or volunteered in the Agreement or Committment? 

There is no legal basis upon which DWP Work Coaches can request the specific items as evidence of their work search.  However, section 8(1(b) of the Jobseeker’s Act 1995 and Regulations 24(1) of the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations 1996 require Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants to provide enough information so that the Work Coach is satisfied that they have done all that could reasonably be expected to find work.

These are available via the DWP Website at the following internet addresses, respectively: ' 

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