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Hello thank you for the information. I am sorry to hear about your situation. Sadly the UC system took over more than a year ago and it has not been working out well for a lot of people. But to address your question then the answer is that if you refuse to do the work then you may be sanctioned by the DWP. What they say is that you are not working for free as you will be receiving universal credit payments however when you do the hours worked divided by money received calculation it is nothing like what you would receive in actually employment. What may be a good idea would be to look at you overall entitlement and you can do this at your local citizens advice bureau.
They have appointed benefits advisers who are experts in this matter. If you go to them with all your documents then they will be able to assess the situation for you. The Citizens Advice also have programme called QBC this will allow them to input all of your information and do an assessment on your individual situation without having to contact the DWP. This QBC system will also be able to highlight and identify any benefits you may be entitled to but are not qualifying at the moment. If you application is rejected then the CSA can help you with any mandatory reconsideration as well as potentially provide you with representation at a benefits tribunal should this become necessary.