"Job seekers will not be compelled to take part in back to work courses"

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

There is a story in the "The Herald" about how jobless benefit claimants in Scotland will not be sanctioned if they refuse to take part in back-to-work schemes. Instead, their places will "go to more motivated job-seekers".


Please provide information to confirm that benefit claimants who refuse to take part in back-to-work schemes in Scotland in circumstances where they would be sanctioned in England will not be sanctioned.

Please provide the specific name of each back-to-work scheme concerned.

Yours faithfully,

J Roberts

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Some information on the Work and Health Programme concerning the Long Term Unemployed (LTU) who move to Scotland and mandation (Chapter 5b):

"80. If an LTU participant moves to Scotland, and whilst they remain in Scotland, they are no longer a mandatory participant, they will be a voluntary participant."


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