Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

The DWP has made it clear that there is no legal requirement for Universal Credit (UC) claimants to use the UC journal to provide evidence of their work search. However some UC claimants can have a requirement set, to provide information and evidence as part of their work-related requirement for claiming universal credit. This requirement can be set by a work coach under Section 23 of the Welfare Reforms Act 2012, Chapter 2 but it does not compel this evidence to be supplied in a particular way, only that it must be supplied if and when requested.

In my case I do not use the UC journal. I use my own paper/clerical journal to provide evidence of job search and any outcomes, which satisfies my current work coach. I also provide an up-to-date paper/clerical copy of my CV on request for him to examine, which also satisfies him.

Please provide me with any recorded information held by the DWP detailing exactly what kind of work search evidence a UC claimant can be legally compelled to provide as part of a requirement for claiming UC. I stress the term: legally compelled. For example, I would like to know whether or not you have any recorded information , which states a work coach can legally compel a UC claimant to provide a copy of a job application or a reply from an employer as evidence of the claimant’s work search.

Please note, I am not asking the DWP to create a bespoke reply in relation to my Freedom of Information request. If the department does not hold the information I have requested then please state this in your reply.

Yours faithfully,

Chris Roberts

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Dear Chris Roberts,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 12th
September.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team