Know your rights at the jobcentre: saying no to zero-hours contracts

Cautiously pessimistic

While looking for reports of how the recent week of action against workfare had gone, I stumbled across a useful bit of information from the excellent Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty: in response to a Freedom of Information request, the Department for Work and Pensions have confirmed that “Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants are not required to apply for zero hours contract vacancies and they will not face sanctions for turning down the offer of a zero hours contract.”

Of course, as usual when dealing with the benefits maze, it’s worth being a bit wary: just because head office says something, there’s no guarantee that people on the ground will do the same, so if you’re worried your advisor may try and pressure you into zero hours work, it’d be worth printing the relevant DWP guidance off at a library to take with you.

While sharing useful advice for claimants, I thought…

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