§ Mr. Alfred Morris
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the criteria used by his Department in determining whether an unemployed person shall be required to sign on only quarterly.
§ Mr. Peter Morrison
Unemployed people are offered quarterly signing if they: are aged 50 or over; are not entitled to unemployment benefit; have been registered for work for at least 18 months in the previous two years; have not been disqualified from receiving benefit because of a refusal of a suitable job in the previous two years; and there is no positive evidence of a fraudulent claim in the two-year period.
These criteria are currently being reviewed following the report of the joint DE/DHSS Rayner scrutiny.