Claimants who fail to meet their mandatory requirements can be sanctioned. During 2015 around 24,500 sanctions were imposed on ESA claimants.
Claimants who are put into the Work-Related Activity Group must attend interviews at the Job Centre when they are asked to and their Job Centre adviser may decide on some ‘work-related activity’ that they should do. The idea behind this is that the work-related activity should help the claimant to improve their situation regarding fitness for work. The work-related activity might be, for example, attending a training course, attending the Work Programme or doing some voluntary work.
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