Which JobCentres Has IDS Visited And Discussed The Benefit Cap In?

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Mr. Duncan-Smith is quoted in today's Daily Mail as saying

"‘That what we are seeing, and this is the view of lots of people working in Jobcentres.

‘That they are getting people who were notified of the cap, their belief – this is advisers, they talk to me., I have been out on the ground, I have seen it myself, I talk to people actually in the Jobcentres – our belief generally is that they are going to seek work where they might not have sought work.’"

I'm assuming when he says advisers he means claimant advisers here, am I correct?

Assuming I'm right, can I ask how many advisers Mr Duncan-Smith has discussed this subject with, in which job centres please, and on which dates? How many of them have informed him that people are seeking work subsequent to being informed about the coming OBC? Can you further advise me of why these people (the claimants) who presumably were not seeking work before they were informed about the benefit cap, were allowed to continue claiming JSA? If they weren't actively seeking work, and the claimant advisers knew this, how could it be they were still claiming JSA at all? I assume they must have been claiming in order for the claimant advisers to have noticed the change in their attitude, from not actively seeking work to suddenly actively seeking work, am I right?

Can I also ask if he's basing policy entirely around anecdotal evidence of this nature that only he seems privy too, or is there some empirical core to DWP policy regarding the benefit cap? If so, might I ask what that empirical evidence actually is please? Where are the actual figures showing how many people have actively sought work and gone back to work as a direct consequence of having been informed of the incoming OBC?

Yours faithfully,

Bill Kruse

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