Report: Jews denied benefits over Saturday work

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.

Some Jewish jobseekers were reportedly classified as having “availability doubts” Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

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.