If you claim Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) you will have to provide detailed information about your efforts to find work.
Claimant Commitment is a jobseeker's agreement which will set out a benefit recipient's responsibilities in order to receive state support. Those who fail to comply with their responsibilities risk losing their benefits.
A personal statement setting out what you need to do to prepare for and find work will be based on a discussion between the jobseeker and their jobcentre adviser (work coach). Jobseekers will be given a weekly timetable of tasks to complete. They will renew the commitment on a regular basis.
The Claimant Commitment is backed by a strict compliance regime to ensure jobseekers do all they can to have the best chance of finding paid work quickly. Those who fail to comply with their responsibilities risk losing benefit.
The Claimant Commitment sets out more details of the requirements of claimants and information about the consequences of failing to meet these. You may be sanctioned for not meeting the requirements, e.g. if you are late for an appointment or do not provide evidence of job searching.
If you are sanctioned this might mean you have no money to live on. If you are sanctioned you should receive details of why you are being sanctioned from your job centre work coach. If you think the sanction is unfair you should consider appealing the decision.
Anyone who is sanctioned should seek advice as soon as possible. For free advice call GAIN on 0808 801 1011.