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Loss of JSA when making a variation to a Claimant Commitment.

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

In this document: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/1...

It states:

"There may be circumstances where the claimant is reluctant to accept the Claimant Commitment. If the claimant refuses to accept, the adviser must offer a cooling off period of a maximum of 7 calendar days. If the claimant still refuses to accept their Claimant Commitment then he or she will no longer be entitled to claim Universal Credit"

This appears to be a change from the current JSAg in that with the JSAg a jobseeker has 21 days to agree to a variation after it has been referred to a Decision Maker and does not lose their JSA in the 21 day period.

Does this new 7 day period only apply for the first Claimant Commitment or is it for all variations thereafter as well?

Is it referred to a DM at some point?

What is the reason for the reduction from 21 to 7 days?

Yours faithfully,

Jason Davies

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