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Universal Credit expectation to spend 35 hours per week on Work Search activity

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please disclose a copy of your internal policy and intranet pages and Jobcentre staff and Work Coach guidance on the topic of Work Search expectations and activities for UC claimants in the 'All work-related activity group' (AWRR 'all work related regime') https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefi... When Work Search activity requirements that can be up to 35 hours per week, noting

The universal Credit Regulations (2013)
“Expected hours
88. —(1) The “expected number of hours per week” in relation to a claimant for the purposes of determining their individual threshold in regulation 90 or for the purposes of regulation 95 or 97 is 35… ”
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2013/...

"Claimants in the AWRR Intensive regime are expected to spend a minimum of 35 hours
a week engaged in work-search activities"
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/3...

"J2084 The general rule is that, unless an exception applies, the expected number of hours per week is normally 35"
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk...

I am looking for information you hold that assists a Work Coach inform a UC claimant, with a 35hour Work Search expectation included in their Claimant Commotment is advised by the Coach which type of activities they should do over these 35 hours, such as 7 hours per day for 5 weekdays, which I hope will be disclosed in the information I have requested above this paragraph.

Yours faithfully,

Frank Zola

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Dear Frank Zola,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 23rd
July.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Thanks for your quick reply and suggestions, with this in mind please email me:

[1] Copies of intranet pages on the topic of Work Search expectations and activities for UC
claimants

[2] Copies of internal guidance provided to Jobcentre staff and Work Coaches on the topic
of Work Search expectations and activities for UC claimants

Yours faithfully,

Frank Zola

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