Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
can you please clarify the law with regards to Job Seekers Allowance & the Claimants Commitment specifically:
1. If in receipt of JSA (not Universal Credit) , is it reasonable to expect claimants to have to actively search for work for 21 or 35hours per week ?
2. Is it reasonable and within the Job seekers act to make claimants incorporate Universal Job Match claimant commitments within their claims?
3. Should JSA claimants have to produce proof of activity down to the minute within their records?
4. There is a severe lack of consistency between JC staff with judgement on ASW .Where are the guidelines outlining what is reasonable and what is not within ASW requirements as I can find nothing within Job Seekers Act stating specific hours to be undertaken for ASW requirements?

The reason I ask is that my local office is insisting that all JSA claimants actively search for work for between 21 and 35 hours per week producing detailed proof by way of records showing times spent on individual activities ie in the case of my search requirements of 21 hours per week i have to detail every 3 hour period to the minute such as " job application read through and apply with cv 15 minutes" ect. Additionally I am required to do 25 steps within my commitment. It is my belief that these rules apply to offices where UC is in force and should not be incorporated within JSA claims.

This regime is causing untold suffering to lots of claimants who are getting sanctioned because there is no consistency between work coaches who sanction based on their individual opinion and they are wrongly using UC rules for JSA claimants.

Yours faithfully,

S. waters

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