Allowance changes for Jobseeker’s

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Allowance changes for Jobseeker’s

Jobseekers will to have wait one week before first claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and may have to sign on every week, under new government plans.

Chancellor George Osborne also said those claiming unemployment benefits who did not speak English would have to attend English classes.

Jobseekers will also be required to have a CV before claiming benefits.   He made the announcements as he outlined the government’s latest round of spending plans.

He said weekly meetings with Job Centre staff would become mandatory for about half of jobseekers.   A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said these were likely to be jobseekers who were deemed not to be doing enough to find a job themselves.

Other claimants working hard to find a job will be able to continue attending fortnightly meetings, as is currently required.

Currently claimants can begin receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance three days after they become unemployed, but this is to be extended to a week for all claimants.   The requirement to learn English is being introduced for those whose inability to speak English is a barrier to finding work.

He said insisting that jobseekers speak English was “a reasonable requirement in this country”.   “From now on, if claimants don’t speak English, they will have to attend language courses until they do,” he told the House of Commons.

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