1 Citation, commencement and duration

(1)    These Regulations may be cited as the Jobseeker's Allowance (Skills Training Conditionality Pilot) Regulations 2010.

(2)    They come into force on 26th April 2010.

(3)    They cease to have effect on 25th October 2011.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 26 April 2010: see para (2) above.

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2 Interpretation

2Interpretation

In these Regulations—

“action plan” means a document which is completed by the Secretary of State in relation to a claimant which contains a record of any activity that the Secretary of State considers will, or will be likely to, improve that person's prospects of obtaining employment;

“appropriate office” means an office of the Department for Work and Pensions which is identified in the Schedule by reference to its district and name on 26th April 2010 (and where such an office closes, a reference in the Schedule to that office shall be construed in relation to any person as a reference to the office at which that person is required to attend instead of that office);

“claimant” means a person claiming a jobseeker's allowance who is aged 18 or over;

“Jobseeker's Regime and Flexible New Deal Stage 3” means an arrangement known by that name, being a programme of up to 6 months duration provided by the Secretary of State and which consists of the provision to claimants of advice, support, assistance with job search activity and the development of job search skills;

“training” is to be construed as including attendance by a claimant who has been selected to take part in the Skills Training Conditionality Pilot at a pre-entry interview conducted by a training provider;

“employment officer” has the meaning given in section 19(10)(a) of the Jobseekers Act 1995;

“the Skills Training Conditionality Pilot” means a scheme known by that name for the provision to claimants of training—

(a)    secured by the Learning and Skills Council for England,

(b)    secured by Ufi Limited (operating as “learndirect”),

(c)    which is provided by, or provided pursuant to other arrangements made by, the Secretary of State, or

(d)    which is approved by the Secretary of State in relation to particular claimants;

“the Jobseeker's Allowance Regulations” means the Jobseeker's Allowance Regulations 1996.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 26 April 2010: see reg 1(2).

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3 Application

3Application

(1)    Subject to regulation 5, these Regulations apply to a claimant who meets the following conditions and who is selected by an employment officer on a sampling basis.

(2)    The first condition is that on or after 26th April 2010 the claimant attends an appropriate office pursuant to a notification given or sent under regulation 23 (attendance) or 23A (attendance by members of a joint-claim couple) of the Jobseeker's Allowance Regulations.

(3)    The second condition is that the claimant is taking part in Jobseeker's Regime and Flexible New Deal Stage 3.

(4)    The third condition is that, as the result of an assessment by an employment officer that the claimant's skills place the claimant at significant disadvantage in obtaining employment (including in a particular geographical area), the claimant's action plan consists of, or includes, undertaking training.

(5)    The fourth condition is that an employment officer has given or sent a notice in writing to the claimant stating that, if the claimant fails to participate in the Skills Training Conditionality Pilot, the claimant's jobseeker's allowance could cease to be payable or could be payable at a lower rate.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 26 April 2010: see reg 1(2).

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4 Modification of the Jobseeker's Allowance Regulations

4Modification of the Jobseeker's Allowance Regulations

The Jobseeker's Allowance Regulations have effect in relation to a claimant to whom these Regulations apply as if—

(a)    in regulation 73(2A)(a) (good cause for the purposes of section 19(5)(b)) after “75(1)(b)(ii)” there were inserted “or (iv)”;

(b)    in regulation 75(1)(b) (interpretation), at the end there were added—

“(iv)    the Skills Training Conditionality Pilot (which has the meaning given in regulation 2 of the Jobseeker's Allowance (Skills Training Conditionality Pilot) Regulations 2010).”.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 26 April 2010: see reg 1(2).

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5 Change of claimant's address

5Change of claimant's address

(1)    These Regulations cease to apply to a claimant from the date on which the claimant changes address if, as a consequence of changing address, the claimant is notified under regulation 23 (attendance) or 23A (attendance by members of a joint-clam couple) of the Jobseeker's Allowance Regulations that the claimant should attend at an office of the Department for Work and Pensions which is not an appropriate office for the purposes of these Regulations.

(2)    However, in a case where these Regulations cease to apply to a claimant from a particular date by virtue of paragraph (1), any relevant determination made before that date in relation to that person shall continue to have effect.

(3)    In paragraph (2), “relevant determination” means a determination that—

(a)    the claimant's jobseeker's allowance is not payable by virtue of section 19 (circumstances in which a jobseeker's allowance is not payable) of the Jobseekers Act 1995, or

(b)    the claimant is subject to a sanction under section 20A (denial or reduction in joint-claim jobseeker's allowance) of the Jobseekers Act 1995.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 26 April 2010: see reg 1(2).

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Signature

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

Jim Knight

Minister of State,

Department for Work and Pensions

8th March 2010

SCHEDULE

SCHEDULE   Regulation 2
DistrictJobcentre Plus Offices
Black CountryBayard House Walsall
Bilston
Bridle Court Walsall
Brownhills
Chapel Court Wolverhampton
Molineux House Wolverhampton
Dudley
Halesowen
Oldbury
Smethwick
Stourbridge
Tipton
West Bromwich
Willenhall
StaffordshireBurton on Trent
Cannock
Hanley
Kidsgrove
Lichfield
Longton
Newcastle
Stafford Greyfriars
Tamworth
The MarchesBridgnorth
Bromsgrove
Evesham
Hereford
Kidderminster
Leominster
Madeley
Malvern
Market Drayton
Oswestry
Redditch
Ross-on-Wye
Shrewsbury
Telford
Wellington
Whitchurch
Worcester
Coventry and WarwickshireAtherstone
Bedworth
Coventry Cofa Court
Leamington Spa
Nuneaton
Rugby
Stratford-upon-Avon
Tile Hill
Birmingham and SolihullBirmingham City
Broad Street
Birmingham South West
Chelmsley Wood
Erdington
Handsworth
Kings Heath
Perry Barr
Selly Oak
Solihull
Sparkhill
Sutton Coldfield
Washwood Heath
Yardley
Cambridge and SuffolkBury St Edmunds
Beccles
Cambridge
Ely
Felixstowe
Haverhill
Huntingdon
Ipswich
Leiston
Lowestoft
Mildenhall
Newmarket
Peterborough
Stowmarket
Sudbury
Wisbech
Woodbridge
Greater Manchester (Central)Alexandra Park
Altrincham
Cheetham Hill
Chorlton
Didsbury
Eccles
Irlam
Longsight
Manchester Airport
Newton Heath
Openshaw
Rusholme
Salford Baskerville House
Stretford
Trafford Centre
Worsley
Wythenshaw
Central LondonBarnsbury
Denmark Street
Finsbury Park
Highgate
Kentish Town
North Kensington
St Marylebone
Westminster
Greater Manchester (East and West)Ashton in Makerfield
Ashton under Lyne
Atherton
Bolton
Bury
Farnwood
Heywood
Hyde
Leigh
Middleton
Oldham
Prestwich
Rochdale
Stalybridge
Stockport
Wigan
Lambeth, Southwark and WandsworthBrixton Hill
Brixton
Camberwell Green
Clapham Common
Kennington Park
London Bridge
Peckham
Stockwell
Streatham
Wandsworth
NorfolkCromer
Dereham
Diss
Downham Market
Fakenham
Great Yarmouth
Hunstanton
Kings Lynn
North Walsham
Norwich
Thetford
NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 26 April 2010: see reg 1(2).

EXPLANATORY NOTE

EXPLANATORY NOTE (This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations introduce the Skills Training Conditionality Pilot. They are made in reliance on the power to pilot regulations in section 29 of the Jobseekers Act 1995, and have effect for a period of 18 months.

The Skills Training Conditionality Pilot is a scheme for training, including training secured by the Learning and Skills Council for England and learndirect, for certain jobseeker's allowance claimants aged 18 or over.

Regulation 3 deals with the application of these Regulations. It provides that they apply to claimants who are selected on a sampling basis and who meet certain criteria. In particular, the claimants must be taking part in Jobseeker's Regime and Flexible New Deal Stage 3 and have a training need recorded in their action plan. The pilot areas are set out in the Schedule to these Regulations.

Regulation 4 modifies regulations 73 and 75 of the Jobseeker's Allowance Regulations 1996 (“the 1996 Regulations”) in relation to claimants referred to in regulation 3. The modification to regulation 75 adds the Skills Training Conditionality Pilot to the list of training schemes so that claimants who fail, without good cause, to participate in or attend any part of the pilot scheme, or give up their place on the scheme, or are dismissed from the scheme due to misconduct, will be subject to a benefit sanction. The effect will be that their jobseeker's allowance could be stopped or reduced for a period of two or four weeks (see regulation 69 of the 1996 Regulations). The modification to regulation 73 adds the Skills Training Conditionality Pilot to the list of training schemes where claimants will have “good cause” if they have not been given or sent a written notice referring to the training scheme and informing them that their benefit could be stopped or reduced.

Regulation 5 provides that persons cease to be required to attend the pilot scheme if they change address and are required to attend an office of the Department for Work and Pensions which is not in a pilot area (although this will not affect a sanction imposed on that person before a change of address).

An impact assessment has not been produced for this instrument as no impact on the private or voluntary sectors is foreseen.

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