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Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 66869, tabled on 30 June 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department consulted expert groups, stakeholders and social security recipients on the reintroduction of conditionality and sanctions in the social security system from 1 July 2020.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

9 July 2020

From the 1st July 2020, DWP has started reintroducing the requirement for claimants of UC, NS and Legacy JSA, and NS ESA to accept a claimant commitment as part of any new claim.

The reintroduction of the claimant commitment represents a return to business as usual, not a policy change and therefore has not required direct consultation.

The operation of these policies are reviewed through consultation with stakeholders on an ongoing basis. Stakeholders were updated and informed by DWP.

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