JSA and UC: "creating and maintaining an online profile" is now "entirely voluntary"?

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please disclose a copy of the guidance listed below:

- Claimant Commitment - Overview
- Commitment not accepted
- Work preparation activities
- Work preparation regime
- Work search activities
(Your IR2019/38977 reply of 13 November 2019, suggests a new version of 'Work search activities' guidance exists https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/6...)

if the one's available as 'Deposited Papers'* have been subsequently updated, have different content, amendments or text.

Please also disclose a copy of all your internal and work coach guidance on your 'Find A Job' (FAJ) Internet site and information on whether JSA and UC claimants can be required, or face benefit sanctions' if they decline to create a FAJ account or create and maintain a job profile of FAJ if they have already evidenced they have created a maintained Job Profile on another Internet or Social Media site? Noting:

"Welfare reform act section 23.
Work Search Activities
Guidance that has been updated: http://data.parliament.uk/DepositedPaper...
0465/Work_search_activities_v3.0.pdf
Excerpt from updated guidance that directly related to job profiles:
...
creating and maintaining job profiles - however, a claimant must not be mandated to
use particular Internet or Social Media sites (this must be entirely voluntary)"
IR2019/38977 13 November 2019
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/6...

and

"17 Work search requirement
...
(3) Action which may be specified under subsection (1)(b) includes in particular—
...
(c) creating and maintaining an online profile;
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2012...

Or is it now DWP policy that "creating and maintaining an online profile" is now "entirely voluntary", including all particular and specific "Internet or Social Media sites" and therefore the DWP can require JSA and UC claimants to 'create and maintain an online profile' unless doing so is "entirely voluntary"?

Under what legislation and sections thereof does the DWP rely upon to require a JSA and UC to 'create and maintain an online profile' if they have not already done so or have evidenced already doing so on one [1] Internet or Social Media site?

Yours faithfully,

Frank Zola

*DEP2019-0980 21-10-2019 – Commons – Department for Work and Pensions
https://www.parliament.uk/business/publi...

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

To clarify I am requesting both UC and JSA guidance.

Yours faithfully,

Frank Zola

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