Zero hour contracts

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please email me a copy of the letters sent to Edinburgh East Labour MP Sheila Gilmore by Esther McVey about Universal Credit and Zero Hour contracts mentioned here: and a copy of current
JSA and Universal Credit guidance issued to Jobcentre Staff with regards Zero Hour contracts, noting:

"The statement from the employment minister, Esther McVey, that jobcentre "coaches" would be able to "mandate to zero-hours contracts""

Context: 10 April 2014 Esther McVey (The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions; Wirral West, Conservative)
"Jobcentre Plus guidance stipulates that claimants should not be mandated to apply for a job offering a zero hours contract. It also states that no sanction action will be taken if claimants refuse or fail to apply."
Zero Hours Contracts Bill (HC Bill 79)
Prohibit the use of zero hours employment contracts.

Finally under Universal Credit, at present, what is the minimum income someone has to earn not to be subject to in-work conditionality?

Yours faithfully,
Ian Wolf

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