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Jobseeker's Allowance

Volume 477: debated on Friday 20 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to those circumstances when Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants are told they must accept a job, whether the conditions include jobs that are paid by 100 per cent. commission. (212821)

Jobseeker's Allowance regulations treat all jobs classed as employed earners’ employment, including those based on 100 per cent commission, in the same way.

An employment officer, for example, may offer someone who has the relevant sales experience and looking for this type of work, a job based on 100 per cent. commission.

Where the offer of the job is refused it will be referred to an independent decision maker who will determine whether the jobseeker can demonstrate “good cause” for their decision. Each case is judged on its individual circumstances, taking all available evidence into account in reaching the decision.

Where the decision maker determines the jobseeker has not demonstrated good cause, they may lose entitlement to benefit for between one and 26 weeks.