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To the Job Centre Plus: Name___________________________ National Insurance Number
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The 3D’s Disability + Disadvantage = Duty Long Term Sick or Disabled?
I have been advised that as a disabled person, under the Equality Act 2010, I am entitled to reasonable
Signing On for JSA?
adjustments to my Claimant Commitment My disability is:____________________ The substantial problem(s) affecting my
The 3Ds is a joint initiative between Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Race Equality and Ipswich and Suffolk District CAB. Original materials have been adapted.
What you need to know before signing a Claimant’s Commitment
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Signing a Claimant Commitment means you are agreeing to take certain actions to look for work. If you fail to do so, the Jobcentre Plus may stop your benefits: this is called being sanctioned. To prevent this happening, it is important to tell your work coach at Jobcentre Plus whether your long term illness or disability causes you difficulties in looking for work. For example; this might include getting to appointments, spending long hours on job-seeking activities or doing certain kinds of jobs. If you do have difficulties in looking for work, or the signing on process, you should ask for them to be written down in your Claimant Commitment. If you are appealing an ESA work capability assessment decision, signing a claimant commitment will not affect your appeal. In providing its services, the Jobcentre Plus has a legal duty to help disabled people overcome difficulties that are not faced by people who are not disabled. This is known as the duty to make
Examples of Reasonable Adjustments you could ask for if you need them because of your disability include:
Altering the time of your signing on appointment
Help with completing forms
Help with using a computer
Agreeing the time you spend on job applications you have to make to fit with your abilities
Changing the location or type of work
A referral to a Disability Employment Adviser
Look at the Access to Work Programme*
Ensuring that your Claimant Commitment is appropriate to your needs and abilities
*Access to Work: A Government Scheme for disabled workers paying for certain reasonable adjustments such as equipment, a support worker or travelling to work.
Guidance Notes for Claimants, Work Coaches and Intermediaries
Identifying claimants who are ‘disabled’ under the definition of the Equality Act 2010: You are treated as disabled if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long term negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities. Substantial – more than minor or trivial. For example, it takes much longer than usual to complete a daily task like getting dressed. Long term – the condition has lasted or will last 12 mont