Over a barrel

scottish unemployed workers' network

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The Claimant Commitment is presented as though it were a contract agreed between two freely consenting parties, but that is far from the case. If you don’t sign the Claimant Commitment that the jobcentre has prepared for you then there is no benefit money, so your negotiating position is pretty fatally undermined from the start. There is provision to get a second opinion, but only from another jobcentre worker who can simply back up their colleague – as these two cases demonstrate.

John, from central Scotland, contacted us last week. He was not unnaturally concerned that the document he was being made to sign effectively required him to promise to do anything he was asked by his ‘jobcoach’ or by the Work Programme. He will have to sign this to get his benefits – though he can push for a change in the wording afterwards. This is bad because it…

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  1. I just wondered where you would stand legally with the DWP, if you signed, and added signed under duress, as surely it is a threat, stating they would remove your JSA if you do not sign. (does that make sense)? Signing under duress has legal implications and can be used in court and the contract voided if proven.

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