Jobseekers 'must use' government jobs website

Jobseekers risk losing their benefits if they refuse to look for work using a new government website, it was announced today.

Until now it has been voluntary to seek work via Universal Jobmatch, an automated system for matching jobs to skills and training.

Universal Jobmatch was launched last year and is open to all jobseekers Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

But the Department for Work and Pensions said Jobseeker's Allowance claimants with internet access would now be required to use the service.

"In return for receiving Jobseeker's Allowance, (jobseekers) must prove they are doing everything they can to find a job," said Employment Minister Mark Hoban.

"If someone refuses to use a service that already has 460,000 employers posting jobs, you have to ask why - which is why we are now saying claimants must use it."