in April 2011 Iain Duncan Smith introduced a period of mandatory work activity amounting to a maximum of four weeks of thirty hours each week in employment.

It was expected this activity would be required of approximately 10,000 individuals.

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Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) is a form of unemployment benefit paid by the Government of the United Kingdom to people who are unemployed and actively seeking work.

It is part of the social security benefits system and is intended to cover living expenses while the claimant is out of work.

Supplementary Benefit was later replaced by Income Support in April 1988.

The Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act was brought into force in 1992.

Previously during September the 11th 1996 the Social Security (Credits and Contributions) (Jobseeker's Allowance Consequential and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations were created, brought before parliament five days later and subsequently made policy coming into force also on 7 October.

The change was introduced to streamline the systematic administration of benefits by improving claimant compliance and to partially remove the distinction between means-tested claimants and those claiming against contribution records.

The Unemployment Insurance Act of March 1921 introduced a 'seeking work' test which required claimants to be actively seeking work and willing to accept employment paying a fair wage.

In February 1922 a means test was introduced which excluded some, such as single adults who lived with relatives, from receiving benefit payments.

You also have to give evidence of your income and savings, for example, bank statements or pay slips.