Universal Credit claimants who refuse zero-hours contract job risk DWP sanctions, a parliamentary question has confirmed.
But DWP minister Alok Sharma avoided answering whether such sanctions were “policy” in his written response to the question from Labour’s Stephen Timms.
Sharma said zero-hours contracts provided a “pathway to employment” for claimants who didn’t want to be committed to working a set number of hours a week.
Timms had asked whether it was DWP policy to sanction claimants of universal credit who decline to accept a job with a zero hours contract.
Sharma said claimants who are subject to work related requirements “can be expected” to accept a job with a zero-hours contract if it is considered suitable for their individual circumstances.
“A claimant may be sanctioned if they fail to do so without good reason,” said Sharma.