Jobseeker's Allowance

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 9th December 2014.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions his Department has had on the effect of the seven day waiting period for jobseeker's allowance on those undertaking intermittent full-time employment via job agencies.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

The waiting days change does not affect existing ‘linking’ rules which mean that anyone leaving benefit for a period of up to 12 weeks, perhaps because they have taken short term employment, would not serve waiting days again when they reclaim. Therefore the Department has not consulted on the effect of this measure on intermittent full-time employment via job agencies.

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