Jobsearch evidence

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please could you provide any specific guidelines and any information relating to any specific guidelines issued to Jobcentres covering the retention of written jobseeking evidence submitted by claimants, either on an ESJP4 or on any other piece of paper.

It has come to my attention that some Jobcentres are insisting on claimants handing in a copy of their jobsearch on every signing appointment whereas others simply look over the evidence and then return it to the claimant. Some jobcentres make use of the ESJP4, others, for some reason, insist on the use of other forms. What is the correct procedure?

If there is no set procedure, if a claimant does not wish to allow the Jobcentre to retain a copy of their jobsearch (please note I am not talking about refusing to show written jobsearch evidence)are they free to do so without fear of sanction?

Bearing in mind that it is not even a legal requirement that written evidence be presented at all and verbal evidence can potentially suffice. Can it be deemed reasonable for a Jobseeker's Direction to be issued to a claimant mandating them to allow the Jobcentre to keep a copy for their records on every signing appointment even if it is clear that the claimant is doing everything required of them to receive benefit?

Yours faithfully,

Johnny Russell

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Evidence can also be shown on an e-reader, smart-phone, tablet or other similar devices. Jobcentre copying and retaining from such would not be straight forward.

"Showing us these CV screens/pages from their Universal Jobmatch account if they have access to the internet on a smartphone"
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Availability and Actively Seeking Employment chapter of the Labour Market Conditions Guide.
188. The JSA Regulations do not specify that claimants must keep written records of their job search. However, encouraging a claimant to keep a written record of the steps they have taken can help them to remember what they have done, and will help to build up a picture of the progress the claimant is making in their efforts to find work.
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It is clear that they are not going to answer my questions directly, and no information appears to exist that will directly answer my questions. However, it is fair to deduce that Jobcentres cannot insist on the use of specific forms for recording Jobsearch and cannot issue Jobseeker's Directions instructing claimants to allow retention of their documents as Directions must be 'one off' and 'time bound'. Which to be fair, I already knew.