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Jobseeker’s Allowance: Lone Parents

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether lone parents on jobseeker's allowance may be sanctioned or have their claims disallowed if they refuse employment based up to one and a half hours travelling distance from their home. (192924)

Jobseeker's allowance is designed to ensure that all jobseekers take every necessary step to get into work, it is not payable to anyone who has, without good cause, failed to take up a reasonable opportunity of employment.

Travelling time is taken into account in deciding whether there is good cause. After the first 13 weeks of entitlement to jobseeker's allowance, reasonable travelling time is normally one and a half hours or less each way. However, a person's health or caring responsibilities will be taken into account in determining whether the time it would take to travel to work is unreasonable. This applies to all jobseekers, including those who are lone parents.