Universal Credit

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 25th June 2014.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what sanctions his Department uses on universal credit claimants who refuse a zero hours contract.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Universal credit means that claimants can accept any offer of work without fear of their benefits or the support they receive from the jobcentre being negatively affected. They will always be better off in work.

All claimants are expected to accept reasonable offers of employment. If they do not then they may be referred for a sanction. This is the same for UC.

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