Universal Credit Work Preparation Requirement Group, attempting employment.

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

I have a request for information with regard to a person claiming Universal Credit in the "Work preparation requirement" group who attempts part time employment that they have found themselves (not a work placement), but then finds that they cannot manage the work so has to give up employment.

The ADM chapter J2 states:

"J2113 Where the claimant falls within the work preparation requirement group then they cannot have a work search or work availability requirement imposed on them. Also, any work search or work availability requirement imposed before the claimant was in this group ceases to have effect once a claimant is in the work preparation requirement group."

ADM Chapter K5, paragraph K5015, set out what a claimant in this group could attract a Low Level Sanction for.
This has no mention of giving up an attempted period of employment.

This would mean that a claimant in this group does not have, cannot have, a requirement to work in their Claimant Commitment.

It logically follows that if they did attempt work but found they had to give it up they could not then be sanctioned for voluntarilly giving up employment as it was not a requirement of their Claimant Commitment in the first place.

Could you please point me to any guidance that specifically covers this situation?
An example from the ADM would be the most helpful if one exists.

Yours faithfully,

S. Gwilliam

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S. Gwilliam left an annotation ()

Although not a fully clear answer the reply does point to information that says that if you have LCW or LCWRA and attempt to work but can't manage it then you will not, can not, be sanctioned.

For a fuller explanation of the relevant ADM K1 guidance see this link: