Claimants who fail to meet their mandatory requirements can be sanctioned. From the beginning of April 2016 to the end of March 2017 12,031 decisions were made to impose sanctions 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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