New Jobseekers Commitment

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please could you clarify the situation on the new Jobseeker Commitments for those claiming Jobseekers Allowance (as opposed to the Claimant Commitment for those on Universal Credit).

1. I understand that the current JSA regulations require a claimant to sign a Jobseekers Agreement in order to receive JSA.
I have also read that the JSA regulations are not being amended and that there is no new legislation as yet to incorporate the JS Commitment. Therefore my question is, is it a legal requirement to sign the new JS Commitment?

2. If not, does this mean that rather than replacing the JS Agreement, there are actually 2 agreements for a claimant to sign?

3. If it is the case that there is no legal requirement to sign the JS Commitment, can you confirm therefore that a JSA claimant cannot legally be sanctioned ?

4. Please could you supply the dates and locations of the roll-out of the JS Commitment, including those already started.

5. Is there any Guidance published to help Job Centre staff prepare and agree an appropriate JS Commitment, in particular where these need to be tailored to the particular circumstances of a claimant (eg limitations on hours etc).

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

Glenys Harriman

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