Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
In replies to Freedom of Information requests made by myself and others about whether or not it is a legal or mandatory requirement of Universal Credit that claimants use the Universal Credit journal to provide evidence of work search or evidence of an up to date CV, the DWP has never given a definitive answer but has instead quoted sections of The Welfare Reform Act 2012 and The Universal Credit Regulations 2013.
However, I have noticed in a recent response to a Freedom of Information request on this subject that the DWP is now stating it is not a mandatory requirement for claimants to provide the required work search evidence via their journal. The claimant must be able to provide written evidence of their work search. And it is not mandatory for the claimant to upload their CV onto the journal, but the claimant must however be able to show a completed and up to date CV.
Can you clarify whether work search evidence can be provided via a claimants own Netbook or other digital device screen or as a printed copy – or is it a mandatory/legal requirement that they use the Universal Credit journal to provide this evidence?
Can you clarify whether evidence of an up to date CV can be provided via a claimants own Netbook or other digital device screen or as a printed paper copy – or is it a mandatory/legal requirement that they use the Universal Credit journal to provide this evidence.
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