This very useful new leaflet, by UNITE and the Public and Commercial Services Union has been brought to our attention (original here).
Claimants – know your rights on sanctions.
KNOWING YOUR RIGHTS
- Always read your Jobseekers Agreement/Claimant Commitment – this will specify exactly what steps you need to take each week, what hours you are available for and how far you are expected to travel.
- It essentially acts as a contract; you can disagree with it if you think the steps are unreasonable.
- The JSA Regulations do not specify that claimants must keep written records of your job search.
- However, encouraging a claimant to keep a written record of the steps they have taken can help you to remember what you have done, and will help to build up a picture of the progress the claimant is making in their efforts to find work. (Labour Market Conditions Guide 2000)
The steps that are reasonable will vary from claimant…
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