Universal Credit and the 30 Hours a Week Jobsearch.
30 hours a week Jobsearch for everybody signing-on?
Apparently this assertion was a “mistake” by the Ipswich Adviser, but it is, apparently, going to be the rule when Universal Credit comes in.
It is hard to find any confirmation of this.
Is is true?
Will we have to spend 30 hours over 7 days looking for work?
How will this be monitored?
How will we be able to do this?
Earlier this request from DB (see the site here) for information got a reply,
Dear Derek Brown,
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received on 3 December 2012. You
Please could you advise how an unemployed person or part-time worker with no computer,
internet connection, or telephone, who can arrange only a few hours internet access at a public
library on a weekly basis, possibly spend thirty five or fewer hours actively seeking work if
their income is less than 35 hours calculated at the minimum wage?
Will the government be providing venues with facilities like computers (with internet
connectivity), telephones, stamps, stationary, and transport for jobseekers to and from these
venues throughout the country, open to every claimant for as much as seven hours a day if
necessary each and every weekday?
Could you supply a specimen five day itinerary showing how a claimant sans computer,
internet and phone, could spend 35 hours a week actively seeking work?
We do not have the information you have requested.
However in answer to your enquiry, in order to receive Universal Credit we will expect
claimants who are able to work to do everything they reasonably can to give themselves the
best prospects of finding a job.
There is a great deal of Government support available to claimants to help them find work,
including for those who may have limited access to job search facilities. Claimants can already
access many thousands of jobs in every Jobcentre Plus office across the country and many
offices have internet access and telephones that are available to claimants to use. Our
advisers also work closely with people to help them find work and overcome difficulties that
people face in their search for work. Furthermore, we work with a wide range of other
organisations that offer further support to claimants to help them find work. This is delivered,
for example, through formal contracted support including the Work Programme and the Get
Britain Working measures and also through locally-led support such as Work Clubs.
If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number FoI