Each of the four job centres involved in the early roll-out will be testing a range of activities to prepare for Universal Credit from April including:
- trialling the new claimant commitment
- ensuring all new JSA and UC claimants are automatically signed on to Universal Jobmatch
- introducing a new fortnightly job search trial to make sure people are meeting the terms of their claimant commitment
- and installing more internet access points to help people make their claims.
Notes: Automatic Universal Jobmatch registration and use likely to be achieved by all new online JSA and UC claims being linked to creation of a Government Gateway account and this account is then used to create a Jobmatch profile and upload a public CV.
Previous briefings DWP/BB/76/12 and DWP/BB/137/12 informed members that PCS completely opposed targets and expectations for DMA referrals.
From 02 April 2013, a number of changes are being made to decision making on benefit sanctions, it will then be possible to get a sanction for failing to attend not only a face-to-face interview, but an email/electronic or telephone based interview.