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Benefit seekers should be forced to work longer to avoid visits to job center UK News

Benefit claimants will soon be required to work longer hours in order to be freed from regular appointments at the job centre, the secretary for work and pensions has said.

Under current rules, benefit claimants are not required to continue going to appointments with employment counselors once they are employed for the equivalent of nine hours a week. However, in an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, Therese Coffey said the government was set to raise this threshold, with the newspaper reporting that it would be raised to 12 noon.

Ms Coffey said: “Once you have found a job, if you work less than the equivalent of nine hours a week, we still expect you to come looking for work. We will hopefully increase that. , very soon. We just want to help people find work. So that’s very important.”

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She added that the threshold could possibly be raised further, but that would require the employment of more employment counselors – also known as job coaches.

“Well, we’re still working on it, I think there’s an opportunity to do more,” Ms Coffey said.

“The more people we see at Pôle Emploi, dare I say it, the more work coaches we will need.

“So there’s a decision to be made. And I think we can go further than that. But I can’t do that without more people filling the job coach role.

“I think we should just start at the beginning. That in itself would bring about 120,000 people (into the work coach system). If we could start and kind of integrate that, that would be a good place to start.”

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