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Should the unemployed have to apply for a set number of jobs to qualify for benefits?

A jobseeker claims his benefit money has stopped because of red tape over how many jobs he has applied for.

Stunned Martyn Lawson, 47, says he is hours away from losing his electricity after he didn’t receive his fortnightly Jobseeker’s Allowance.

The dad-of-three had a meeting in Hartlepool’s Jobcentre Plus earlier this week and was told it was because he hadn’t been applying for four jobs every two weeks, the amount required for him to claim the benefit.

But Martyn, who lives in Turnbull Street, in the town, claims he has evidence to show otherwise.