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Jobseeker's Allowance: Scotland

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Eilidh Whiteford Eilidh Whiteford Shadow SNP Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Women), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Work and Pensions), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Agriculture and Fisheries)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of a seven day wait before jobseekers can claim jobseeker's allowance on (a) poverty levels, (b) child poverty levels, (c) food poverty levels and (d) temporary poverty levels in Scotland.

Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

No such assessments have been made. The increase of waiting days to seven will have a single effect at the start of a person's entitlement when final wages will often be available.

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