Jobseeker's Allowance: Domestic Violence

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th September 2013.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

(1) whether he has made an assessment of the extent to which the jobseeker's allowance domestic violence easement is applied in jobcentres in practice; and if he will make a statement;

(2) whether he plans to implement the recommendations of his Department's research report entitled Domestic Violence: Implementation of JSA DV Easement and DDV Concession, published in June 2013; and if he will make a statement.

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

DWP directly supports domestic violence victims in a number of ways. The jobseeker’s allowance domestic violence (JSA DV) easement helps victims of actual or threatened domestic violence by allowing a break from jobseeking activity to enable claimants to stabilise their lives and those of their families.

The Domestic Violence Implementation of JSA DV Easement and DDV Concession—Small Scale Qualitative Research published on 20 June 2013—identified nationally that 338 claimants have taken up the four week easement and 115 claimants have taken up the full 13 week easement.

While this demonstrates that the easement is being applied in jobcentres in practice, the research was commissioned by the Department to highlight how we can further improve service delivery.

Work is already under way to implement the recommendations from the report which. includes action to improve the local level understanding of both policies and refreshing guidance and communications to ensure that all claimants who experience domestic violence are able to get the help and support that they need.

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