The Jobseeker’s Allowance (Homeless Claimants) Amendment Regulations 2014 in brief:
– Work Coaches can decide whether a claimant becoming homeless constitutes a ‘domestic emergency’. If it does, there is no prescribed time limit for which they can apply the easement, but it will only apply as long as the claimant’s circumstances constitute a domestic emergency.
– ‘Domestic emergency’ is determined on a case-by-case basis but these regulations only apply to individuals who have recently become homelessness.
– The easement is conditional upon the claimant taking reasonable steps to find accommodation, and removes the requirement for the claimant to be:
available for work;
actively seeking work;
subject to a Jobseeker’s Direction; or
participating in the Work Programme.
– The easement is not expected to last for more than four weeks as it would be unusual for a domestic emergency to last longer than this period, though Work Coaches can extend the duration if considered appropriate.
– The claimant must prove they are taking reasonable action to find accommodation. These actions will be agreed between the claimant and Work Coach and recorded on the JSA Claimant Commitment.
See the full changes of the ‘easement of conditionality’ in job seeking concerning homeless people.