jobseeker's allowance

  • GPOW kapowed?

    Issue 254 (October 2016)
    article

    Martin Williams considers the implications of a recent Upper Tribunal case on the correct approach to determining whether a European Economic Area (EEA) migrant has a right of residence as a jobseeker under what is widely referred to as the ‘GPOW’ test.

  • Working the work programme: sanctions

    Issue 252 (June 2016)
    article

    Martin Williams considers some implications of recent caselaw about sanctions and the Work Programme.

  • Benefit sanctions

    May 2016
    briefing

    Since the election of the Coalition government in 2010, there has been an escalation of benefit sanctions, which have come to play a major role in extreme poverty. This has led to widespread criticism and a series of inquiries and reports, to which this page provides links. To add a report to this page, please contact Kelly Smith: ksmith@cpag.org.uk

  • JSA and ‘actively seeking work’ sanctions

    Issue 246 (June 2015)
    article

    David Simmons examines the issue of jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) sanctions for alleged failures to ‘actively seek employment’.

  • Genuine Prospect of Work- is this test lawful?

    April 2015
    article

    This is a paper drafted by Martin Williams setting out arguments as to the lawfulness of the "genuine prospect of work test" (requirement for compelling evidence etc) affecting EEA jobseeker's allowance (JSA) claimants. It was prepared for a talk at an AIRE Centre event

  • Sanctions

    Level: Standard

    training course

    Work-related requirements for benefit are getting tougher and sanctions more severe and widespread. This course will give you a good understanding of what goes into a claimant commitment and the work-related requirements that people are expected to meet. You will have a chance to think about how flexibilities in the system might help clients reduce the risk of a sanction. The course will also equip you to advocate effectively on behalf of clients who are faced with benefit sanctions.

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  • Waiting days for JSA and ESA

    Issue 243 (December 2014)
    article

    New regulations, which came into force on 27 October, extend from three to seven the number of waiting days at the start of a claim for jobseekers allowance (JSA) or employment support allowance (ESA), during which the claimant has no entitlement.1 Dan Norris explains.

    • 1. Social Security (Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance) (Waiting Days) Amendment Regulations 2014 SI No.3096; Social Security (Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance) (Waiting Days) Amendment Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 (SR No.235/2014)
  • Overpayments and official error

    Issue 242 (October 2014)
    article

    Simon Osborne reviews rules on the relationship between benefit overpayment recovery and official error, with reference to some recent decisions from the Upper Tribunal.

  • New restrictions for migrants

    Issue 238 (February 2014)
    article

    Rebecca Walker, author of the immigration and residence rules section of CPAG’s Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook, explains the new residence requirements introduced from January 2014.

  • Independent review of JSA sanctions: CPAG’s response to the call for information

    January 2014
    briefing

    CPAG has submitted evidence to Matthew Oakley’s review of the operation of the sanctions system for jobseeker's allowance claimants on mandatory back-to-work schemes.

    We raise concerns about the limited scope of the review, highlight numerous systemic problems, and make recommendations to help protect claimants.