JSA and what is legally required and what is not legally required

Tina White made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Assuming a claimant is someone in England who is in receipt of job seekers allowance (“JSA”); according to current DWP policies, in order to continue to receive JSA and not be sanctioned:

1. Is the claimant legally required to complete the “my work plan” form?

2. Is the claimant legally required to allow their DWP advisor to access their universal job match account if given a direction to do so? If yes, isn’t that a breach of the claimants right to privacy under the data protection act?

3. Is the claimant legally required to log into their universal job match account whilst at the job centre if given a direction to do so? If yes, isn’t that a breach of the claimants right to privacy under the data protection act?

4. If the claimant is required to attend the job centre on any day other than sign on day, are they entitled to claim travel expenses?

5. Is the claimant legally required to work for less than minimum wage if directed to do so by job centre staff or a work programme provider?

Yours faithfully,

Tina White

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