Many Universal Credit claimants will have to look for work in exchange for receiving an award.
Everyone who claims Universal Credit has to sign a ‘claimant commitment’ based on their personal circumstances. This will outline what you need to do in exchange for getting Universal Credit.
Someone who is unemployed and has no health issues or caring responsibilities will usually be expected to spend 35 hours a week looking for work. But this can be reduced or removed depending on your circumstances.
Your personal circumstances
Click on the headings below to find out how different circumstances affect a claimant commitment.
Note that each member of a couple will need their own claimant commitment – this will depend on their own personal circumstances.
If none of the below apply then you will probably be expected to commit to 35 hours a week searching for a job.
- It is very important that you meet the conditions of your Claimant Commitment, otherwise you could receive a sanction (lose a large chunk of your UC).
- If you have any problems that might affect your ability to meet your Claimant Commitment, for example a health condition or reading/writing difficulties or difficult circumstances, be sure to let your work coachknow. It is very important that your Claimant Commitment is realistic and achievable.
- Make sure you keep a record of everything you do as part of your job-searching and work preparation activities.
- If you are sanctioned contact us for advice.
Here are some examples of claimants and the level of work search that is expected of them