Work search and work availability requirements

The rules for temporarily suspending work search and work availability during the COVID-19 outbreak are set out in the Social Security (Coronavirus) (Further Measures) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.371/2020) (in force from 30 March 2020). The suspension ended on 30 June 2020, confirmed in a written answer by the Employment Minister.

NB: See below for equivalent legislation in Northern Ireland. In addition, the Department for Communities has confirmed that the suspension will continue until 7 August 2020 in the region.

Work search and work availability requirements

​Regulations 6 of SI.No.371/2020

Provides that work search and work availability requirements are not imposed for a period of 3 months from 30 March 2020 (which may be extended) as a consequence of the coronavirus outbreak.

SR.No.53/2020 makes provision in Northern Ireland equivalent to that in Great Britain in relation to the suspension of work search and work availability requirements.

Advice for decision making

ADM Memo 04/20

​Includes guidance on the lifting of work search and work availability requirements during the coronavirus outbreak.

Gov.uk guidance

Changes to jobcentre appointments

​DWP advises that people receiving benefits do not have to attend jobcentre appointments for at least three months, starting from 19 March 2020.

We’re not aware of any case law relating to this issue.