Concern over zero-hours contracts for jobseekers

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Jobseekers could face temporary benefits bans if they refuse to accept some forms of zero-hour contracts under welfare reforms from the coalition government.

Claimants risk losing payments for more than three months if they fail to accept certain positions on such terms as part of the new universal credit system.

Employment minister Esther McVey outlined the change in a letter to Labour MP Sheila Gilmore in an exchange about benefits sanctions, according to the Guardian.

Jobcentre "coaches" will be able to "mandate to zero-hours contracts" if they consider the role is suitable for a claimant, the letter added.