Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please provide precise details of the legislation and regulations and sections thereof that explicitly state and mention the Universal Credit Journal and that state use of the Journal by a claimant is an entitlement condition of Universal Credit enshrined in legislation and regulation.

Yours faithfully,

Frank Zola

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Dear Frank Zola,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 19th

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DWP Central FoI Team

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Universal Credit – Benefit sanctions: notifications to take specific actions and the UC Journal

Diptak Patel left an annotation ()

What does this mean please. Do I have to upload evidence to journal now of job search.

Frank Zola left an annotation ()

#UniversalCredit: Your Work Search. A 'Coach' can require you to supply your evidence in a "particular way"? What about your CV?

Section 23 of the Welfare Reforms Act 2012, Chapter 2...does not compel this evidence to be supplied in a particular way, only that it must be supplied if and when requested. [ emphasis added ]
FOI reply 4528: 'UC job search evidence format' - 17th November 2017

“It is not a mandatory requirement for the claimant to provide the required work search evidence via their journal. The claimant must be able to provide written evidence of their work search.
It is not mandatory for the claimant to upload their CV onto the journal, the claimant must however be able to show a completed and up to date CV. ”
FOI reply 4201: ‘Using a netbook or digital screen device to provide evidence’ – 20th October 2017

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" Diptak Patel left an annotation ( 8 September 2019)

What does this mean please. Do I have to upload evidence to journal now of job search."

" :: Summary ::

The linchpin will be to ensure a Claimant Commitment does not include a mutual 'agreement' with the 'Coach' to provide work search records and CV via a UC Journal or email, but to 'agree' to show in printed format or on your own device. (if needed)

:: Footnotes ::

[1] "Showing a printed record of Work Search records - The DWP confirms that the overarching UC claimant obligation is to show "written evidence of their work search", the CC can be used for this to be the likes of a printed diary of Work Search activity.

Showing a printed CV - The DWP reply also says "the claimant able to show a completed and up to date CV", which suggests a claimant can just 'agree' "show" a printed copy of their "completed and up to date CV" using the CC."