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Universal Credit : In work, part time claimants sanctioned for taking holidays and …… for working!

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Universal Credit (UC) is a very important policy development because it significantly broadens the reach of in-work conditionality.


Those affected include low paid and/or part-time workers who would not previously have had contact with Jobcentre Plus.


In-work conditionality means that those who are already working still have to comply with the 35 hour perweek job search requirement, ie, if a claimant works 20hours per week, they must attend Jobcentre Plus and provide evidence of 15 hours’ jobsearch.


In practice, this means looking for multiple jobs or increased hours from current employers.


Jobcentre Plus appointments are still mandatory, backed with sanctions for non-attendance.



Yet another case involved a woman who was struggling with debt after being given multiple sanctions as she tried to juggle Jobcentre appointments with working part-time and caring responsibilities. She ended up being threatened with eviction from her home.


She said: “It doesn’t give you much confidence. It doesn’t really make you want to go into work all happy and carrying on, do you know? It knocks you down and down and it wears you out.”

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