The Government is investigating claims that unemployed Jewish people have been denied benefits because they cannot work on Saturdays, the Times (£) has reported.
According to the Jewish Chronicle newspaper, staff in job centres in the north-west said it was their policy to require people to be available for some Saturday work.
The Times said the problem appeared to arise when claimants were interested in jobs in retail, and may have affected by about a dozen Jewish jobseekers.
The paper said one Orthodox Jewish man was denied jobseeker’s allowance for more than six months, before being reimbursed in a tribunal.
A Department for Work and Pensions spokeswoman reportedly said no jobseeker should "compromise their religious practices in order to claim JSA”, adding that an investigation was being conducted.