More than 5,000 jobseekers in Sheffield will have to bring proof they are looking for work to get their benefit from now on.
The government’s new Claimant Commitment, which sets out what unemployed people need to do to be eligible for Jobseeker’s Allowance, and the consequences of failing to meet requirements, is being introduced this week.
About 5,800 people who sign on at job centres in the city centre and Hillsborough will be drawing up personal work plans with staff in the coming weeks as part of the scheme.
Claimants will have to provide evidence to show they have met the requirements in order to get payments.
Jill Twigger, Jobcentre Plus manager in South Yorkshire, said: “If you start claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, and the Claimant Commitment is in your area, then you will have a discussion with your work coach.
“It’s during that discussion you will agree what activities you will do and the training and support you require to get into work as quickly as possible.
“We will then need to see evidence those tasks are being completed.”
The Claimant Commitment is being introduced in about 100 Jobcentres every month until it is in place across the country by the spring next year.