Roger Godsiff – 2014 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Work and Pensions

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Roger Godsiff on 2014-06-12.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will provide additional support to jobseekers whose jobseeker’s allowance is sanctioned because they experience a series of short illnesses.

Esther McVey

Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) is a benefit for people that are available for, and actively seeking employment. It allows for two separate periods of sickness of up to 14 days within a 12 month period. Work Coaches take individual circumstances, including health into account when agreeing a Claimant Commitment. Claimants that are unable to meet their conditionality because of sickness can be signposted to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).