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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
(1) in what ways the weekly signing requirement for jobseeker's allowance announced in the 2013 Budget differs from the system in place prior to April 2011 when weekly signing was abolished;
(2) when weekly signing for jobseeker's allowance will begin.
Under the previous system, all jobseekers routinely moved from fortnightly to weekly signing once they had been unemployed for three months. This additional support only lasted for 13 weeks and took no account of the claimants' circumstances or job readiness. The measure announced in the spending review will result in additional support from the outset of the claim which will be targeted at those who need it most. This support will continue until the claimant either finds work or goes onto the Work Programme.
The reforms we have announced, included weekly signing, will have a phased introduction from early 2014, with full implementation by April 2015.