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Jobseeker's Allowance: Swine Flu

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether she has made provision for benefit claimants with swine influenza to sign on for their benefits without attending the jobcentre plus office in person; and if she will make a statement. (287309)

[holding answer 16 July 2009]: There is already an easement to the normal jobseeker’s allowance conditions of being immediately available for work, capable of work and actively seeking work. The easement allows someone who is sick for two periods of up to two weeks, within a 12 month period, to be treated as capable of work and continue to receive jobseeker’s allowance.