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Jobseekers now required to use Universal Jobmatch

Mon, 04/03/2013 - 18:01 -- nick

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) now requires all benefit-claiming jobseekers to use its Universal Jobmatch website.

Those who refuse can be sanctioned and lose their benefits.

Universal Jobmatch is an online site that matches unemployed people with jobs.

Employers are encouraged to post all jobs on it, while jobseekers can upload their CV and receive automatic notification when a matching job is posted.

Those who do not have internet access at home will be given it at their Jobcentre where possible.

Claimants to get tailored Universal Credit help

Mon, 11/02/2013 - 18:35 -- nick

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has released more details of the support it will make available to vulnerable claimants of Universal Credit.

Help has been developed with local councils, Jobcentre Plus and other local organisations, and will be tailored to the specific needs of each claimant.

DWP has today published a Local Support Services Framework, which sets out the principles for that support and calls for views and feedback from potential local partners, in conjunction with the Local Government Association.

Employment Minister to tighten JSA rules again

Mon, 22/10/2012 - 12:43 -- nick

Employment Minister Mark Hoban has threatened Jobseeker's Allowance claimants with tougher sanctions if they 'play the system'.

Writing in The Telegraph, Mr Hoban said 'there are some out there who don't want to roll up their sleeves, and who think they can play the system. Well I've got news for them – they can't.'

The Minister was announcing an increase in the penalty periods for those who turn down jobs or do not co-operate fully with Jobcentre Plus staff.

He writes 'from tomorrow there will be clear and escalating levels of penalties.

Unemployed held in call centre to push online claims

Mon, 17/09/2012 - 10:05 -- nick

This article from The Guardian shows how much the government wants to push unemployed people to make their benefit claims online. The new Universal Credit, which will be launched across the country in October 2013, will be delivered primarily online, and holding people on a telephone line to listen to messages supporting a move to this way of running their claims is one way in which it promotes this.

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