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Losing benefits for turning down jobs 'clearer and tougher', warns minister

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Losing benefits for turning down jobs 'clearer and tougher', warns minister Losing benefits for turning down jobs 'clearer and tougher', warns minister

Employment minister Mark Hoban says the new sanctions regime for jobseekers - which will see a claimant lose their benefit for 13 weeks if they turn down a job without good reason - is "clearer and tougher".

Employment minister Mark Hoban was responding to Conservative MP Marcus Jones' question in Parliament this month where he said those "who can work should work".

Mr Hoban said: "A new sanctions regime for jobseeker’s allowance was introduced on 22 October. The new regime is clearer and tougher. For example, someone who has turned down a reasonable job offer three times in a year will lose their JSA for three years. Those who can work should work. […] we have introduced a new, tougher regime of sanctions, so that someone who turns down a job without good reason for the first time will lose their benefits for 13 weeks. That then escalates so that someone who turns down a job three times in a year will lose their benefits for three years. That is a very clear sanction, it is a very clear deterrent and it sends a very clear message that we expect people who have reasonable job offers to work and pay their own way."

The previous punishment system saw jobseekers who broke rules hit with benefit sanctions that could range from between one week to six months. The DWP claims that the wide range left some claimants without a "clear understanding of the consequences of refusing to comply with the rules".

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