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 BROKEN BRITISH POLITICS – LIAR SMITH HAS INDOCTRINATED JOBCENTRE STAFF                    09/09/13 A CLAIMANT

After attending Grimsby Job Centre this morning to sign on,I was informed that I had missed an appointment on the 19th August 2013.I replied I have received no letters informing me to attend any appointment.I was then told I would need to make a ‘Rapid Reclaim’.I was not informed about any details concerning the alleged missed appointment.I searched several sites online and drew a blank concerning ‘Rapid Reclaims’.Advice on the net mentioned that I would have to make a Basic Claim from scratch or get a phone number from JCP to ring for an appointment whereby I could then start a new claim.Jobcentre Staff have sold their Souls to the Fascist Smith Himself,they are paid over the minimum wage to lie to claimants.The Fascist Smith has made the DWP a complete Shambles.

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Bridge House

225 Victoria Street

Grimsby

North East Lincolnshire

United Kingdom

DN31 1NH

Telephone: 0845 604 3719

Textphone: 0845 608 8551

Jobcentre Plus Office

The Manager,

                         Madam/Sir having just watched an invalid relative spend several hours on your inadequate Universal Job Search site ,and not having the opportunity to apply for one job they are now in a state of utter frustration ,disillusionment and in fear of a sanction.

Your total lack of proper provision for claimants to achieve the criteria set out in their Job Commitment is sadly lacking .I hope you will convey to your advisors that sanctions are only used in extreme cases and not as a punishment because they have not done the impossible.

UC MORE DRACONIAN MOVES ON JOBSEEKERS

The government’s ‘policy aims’ for this new system state that:

Universal Credit is designed to ensure that for people who can, work is still the best route out of poverty and an escape from benefit dependence.  The aim of Universal Credit is to increase labour market participation, reduce worklessness and increase in-work progression.  The conditionality regime will recast the relationship between the citizen and the State from one centred on “entitlement” to one centred on a contractual concept that provides a range of support in return for claimant’s meeting an explicit set of responsibilities, with a sanctions regime to encourage compliance.

A series of Freedom of Information (FOI) responses from the DWP reveals that the new regulations turn the opinion of even junior Jobcentre Plus (JCP) advisers into law, place them in a position of despotic omnipotence over benefit claimants, and turn claimants – even working ones – into helpless chattels shorn of power, choice or recourse if unreasonable expectations are placed on them.

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New ‘Claimant Commitment’ toughens dole conditions again

Thu, 29/08/2013 - 15:31 -- nick

The government is toughening conditions for jobseekers again as it introduces the new ‘Claimant Commitment’ from October.

The Commitment will replace the existing Jobseeker’s Agreement which already sets out conditions for receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance, and will be active in all UK jobcentres within a year.

It is unclear why the change in title has been made; the government has been keen to link benefits to work previously, and the move from ‘jobseeker’ to ‘claimant’ could be seen as breaking that link.

The Commitment will be based on a personal statement setting out what jobseekers will do to prepare for and find work and will be based on discussion between them and their advisers, although the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has not said how much influence claimants are likely to have.

The Commitment will be renewed on a regular basis, and will set out a range of conditions for receiving benefits. Any jobseeker not meeting these conditions will be at risk of losing their benefits.

There has been a huge increase in the number of benefit sanctions since the coalition came to power, and the new Agreement may be a way of setting traps so that this number can be increased.

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith said:

“This is about redefining the relationship between benefit claimants and the state. The welfare state will support people when they fall on hard times, but in return they need to meet some contracted responsibilities agreed with a Jobcentre Plus adviser.”

The responsibilities of jobseekers are already set out in the current Agreement so it is not clear from Smith’s words why the change is required.

“For those people on Jobseeker’s Allowance, looking for work should be a full time job. It is fair and reasonable for the taxpayer to expect that claimants should do everything within their power to get into work.”

There have been indications that the DWP intends to make all jobseekers look for work for a minimum 35 hours per week, and the new Claimant Commitment may be a way of introducing this by stealth.

BS SMITH STILL AT IT

BROKEN BRITISH POLITICS – BS SMITH STILL AT IT

BS Smith still clinging onto to his Lies and Deceitful way of life backed by the press.Not long now Smith until you are before the Select Committee to explain why you have constantly Lied to all & sundry over the complete shambles you have made of Welfare Reform.Your basic logic is that of a Demented Madman or similar to a previous failed leader of the Nasty Party.You along with Grayling and inept Maria Miller are Responsible for over 10,600 Deaths by supporting the Killing Firm ATOS.

We the Public know there is no Employment for British Workers because the scant vacancies are given to Immigrants.But even that privilege for Immigrants is costing us dearly due to Benefit Tourism. Grayling has stated when UC is fully introduced it will give a Truer Picture of the situation.Meanwhile we all suffer for this Governments ineptitude .What do you lot actually get paid for ,certainly not for our benefit.BSB

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THE TORIES HAVE TAKEN THIS COUNTRY BACK TO THE DARK AGES

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The Government's Workfare Schemes: 10 Facts

PIL acts for a number of individuals, including Cait Reilly, who are challenging the Government’s “Back to Work” schemes in the High Court.  Intensive press coverage and the Government’s attempts to salvage this programme from its current crisis have led to a skewing of the facts.  The following may therefore be helpful.

 

 
 
 
  1. Our clients do not object to work or to work experience.  Cait Reilly was doing voluntary work experience in a museum when she was sent to Poundland.   Our clients, like the vast majority of jobseekers, are desperate to find paid work of any description, including stacking shelves.  The term “job snobs” is therefore a misleading and offensive buzz word being used by the Government to discredit Britain’s 2.6 million unemployed.  What our clients say they need is support from the Government to make the most of their skills and plug their skills gaps, in order to ensure that they not only enter the job market, but stay there. 
  2. The Government is not “paying them... through benefits” to work, as the Deputy Prime Minister has claimed today.  Jobseekers allowance ranges from £53.45 to £67.50 per week.  It is paid for one specific (and obvious) purpose – to support people whilst they seek employment.  It is not remuneration for work, and even if it were it would mean that people on Back to Work schemes would be getting paid as little as £1.78 per hour, often whilst working for some of our biggest retailers.  Many of those retailers are now realising that such a scenario is unacceptable and have either pulled out of the schemes or demanded that the Government thinks again.
  3. People are not being given a choice. Ministers claim that work under these schemes is not forced but voluntary.  This is not correct.  The Community Action Programme, Work Programme and Mandatory Work Activity Scheme (the clue is in the name) are mandatory, and jobseekers will lose their jobseeker’s allowance if they do not participate.  The Government says the sector-based work academy and work experience schemes are voluntarily, but Cait Reilly was told in no uncertain terms that her participation was “mandatory”. 
  4. The schemes do not work. Ministers claim the schemes help people into employment.  Yet, the international research the Government commissioned before introducing them gave it two very clear answers:

There is little evidence that workfare increases the likelihood of finding work.  It can even reduce employment chances by limiting the time available for job search and by failing to provide the skills and experience valued by employers”; and

Workfare is least effective in getting people into jobs in weak labour markets where unemployment is high.”

  1. The schemes do not target benefits scroungers or “the something for nothing generation”: the Government’s internal guidance makes clear that such people who are taking advantage of the system are not eligible for the schemes.  They must receive the appropriate sanction of removal of their jobseeker’s allowance as they are not “jobseeking”. 
  2. These legal challenges are not simply about “human rights”.  What our clients object to is 1) the forced or compulsory nature of the work required, and 2) that Parliament has been by-passed by the Government in creating these schemes.  They argue that this breaches basic democratic and legal requirements.
  3. The Government schemes do not amount to slave labour, as some campaigners have suggested.  The ILO’s Forced Labour Convention of 1930 defines slavery as connoting “ownership” over an individual.  What our clients are arguing is that the Government schemes are “forced or compulsory” labour.  This too is prohibited under UK civil and criminal law.
  4. These schemes are not all aimed at the long-term unemployed.  For example, the sector-based work academy can apply to any jobseeker, even if he or she has only been unemployed for one day.
  5. Press attention has focused on the sector-based work academy, but that is only one of a plethora of complex schemes, many of which are much worse.  The sector-based work academy involves 6-8 weeks of unpaid work.  Other schemes involve six months, and there appears to be nothing to stop those six-month periods from being renewed.  One of our clients was told that his Community Action Programme placement would last six months “to begin with”.
  6. The Government’s sums do not add up.  The Employment Minister has stated that “half” or “something like half” of those on work experience have received permanent jobs.  He has not advanced any evidence to support this, and Tesco has offered only 300 jobs having taken on 1400 unpaid workers. 

 


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THIS IS THE OFFICIAL LETTER OF YET ANOTHER GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR OF DWP.CONNECTED TO INDEED JOBS IT IS FOR THE PURPOSES OF INTERVIEWING GROUPS OF 15 CLAIMANTS AT A TIME TO COLLECT AS MUCH PERSONAL INFORMATION AS POSSIBLE AND TO INSTILL UPON YOU NON COMPLIANCE WILL BE MET WITH STIFF SANCTIONS.JUST ANOTHER GASTAPO CENTRE TO ATTEND TO PUT MORE PRESSURE ON ALREADY HARASSED CLAIMANTS - WHO MUST ATTEND JC PLUS AS WELL AS AGENCIES THEY HAVE REGISTERED WITH.























UNIVERSAL JOB SEARCH DISCREDITED BACK TO PAPER APPLICATIONS AS WELL

DOLE FIGURE TO BE MANIPULATED

BROKEN BRITISH POLITICS – DOLE FIGURE TO BE MANIPULATED

Mark Carney has certainly settled in to his new job as Bank of England Governor ,the Economy will start to recover when Smith & Hoban has manipulated the Unemployment Figures.With the new Draconian methods concerning the Unemployed it won’t be long before the UK has none whatsoever.

Zero hours contracts,more pressure on claimants to search for non vacancies for longer or be sanctioned,Job Centre interviews carried out on Saturday’s,so our working week is now 24/7.

Real Growth will only occur when real vacancies are created and not until.The Legalised gang we have in Power have lost the Plot.The Tories live in Fictional Bonga Bonga Land.Their incompetence mixed with BS holds no Bounds. http://brokenbritishpolitics.simplesite.com

UNIVERSAL CREDIT

The new benefit, which will be rolled out nationally from October, will replace all unemployment and sickness/disability benefits along with housing benefits and working tax credits.  All claimants who are unemployed or working part time will be expected to sign a ‘Claimant Commitment’ detailing how they will try to find a job or ‘more or better paid work’ if already employed.

Those who do not have a significant health problems will be mandated – under threat of sanction – to take part in Work Related Activity (meaning work, workfare, jobsearch or training) for 35 hours a week.  Single parents with children between the ages of 5 and 13 will usually be required to spend 24 hours a week looking for work.  Even those with serious disabilities or health conditions, currently in the Work Related Activity Group and claiming ESA, will have some form of mandated jobsearch.

MAN CUTS THROAT IN BENEFIT OFFICE

Man cuts throat with knife in Runcorn benefits office in protest bedroom tax

A MAN cut his throat with a knife in a Runcorn benefits advice office during an outburst about the bedroom tax.

An eyewitness, who asked not be identified, heard the middle-aged man say he was ‘sick of all this sh*t’ then watched him drag a blade through skin from his ear down to his throat on each side of his neck.

The wounds left him and the floor spattered with blood, the witness said.

UNEMPLOYMENT LIES - FAILURE BRITAN

BROKEN BRITISH POLITICS – UNEMPLOYMENT LIES – FAILURE BRITAIN

The True Unemployment Figure is Far higher than successive Governments  state .Under Thatcher it was 3 million - we have lost the Coal Mines ,Fishing Industry ,Steel Works ,Ship Building ,Dockers ,reduced the workforce of all the Services and the Population has grown,more imigrants ,school leavers and retirement age increased - workfare and ESA claimants aren’t counted ,more small businesses have gone to the wall in the last 3 years - why have successive Governments been obsessed with the Unemployment figures ,is it to do  with our borrowing  capability or our how competent a Government  looks to the outside World .Well it looks like Britain has been living  a lie and failing for the last 30 years .Successive Governments Competence has hit rock bottom .A Total Failure they are just Robbing a Sinking Ship while they can

DWP SANCTIONS

STANDARD LETTERS SENT OUT FROM INTRAINING THREATENING YOU BEFORE YOU HAVE REFUSED AN ACTIVITY OR BEEN LATE

If without good reason you fail to take part or participate in the Work Programme you may lose your Jobseeker’s Allowance and your NI credits.

Your Jobseekers Allowance and NI credits may be stopped for :

4 weeks, or

13 weeks if DWP have previously decided on one or more occasions that your Jobseeker’s Allowance should be sanctioned because you failed to comply with your Work Programme requirements,or you committed any of the failures listed below ,within 52 weeks of your last failure .The failures referred to are,if without good reason

Fail to attend an advisor interview

If applicable,fail to take part in a particular employment programme

Do not take the opportunity of a place on an employment programme or training scheme

Refuse or Fail to apply for  or accept a place on such a programme or scheme notified to you by your advisor

Fail to attend or give up a place through your own misconduct,lose a place on such a programme or scheme,or fail to comply with Jobseekers Direction

THE THOUSANDS OF CLAIMANTS THAT HAVE HAD GENUINE  EXCUSES AND STILL BEEN SANCTIONED – IS ILLEGAL.IT IS AGAINST THE HUMAN RIGHTS ACT .IF YOU HAVE A GENUINE EXCUSE BACK IT UP WITH WRITTEN EVIDENCE ,SUBMIT IT AND ALSO THREATEN LEGAL ACTION

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Government ministers may insist that soaring demand for food banks may have nothing to do with welfare reform, but for Louise, a homeless, quietly distressed 31-year-old unemployed ex-care worker, the link is clear.

In May she lost her job, and in late June she was evicted from her flat. She says the council’s new local welfare scheme told her she was not eligible for crisis help, and the local jobcentre, having “fast-tracked” her claim for unemployment benefit, explained that she would have to wait up to three weeks for the first payment.

Until then she is penniless. Louise says she sought a short-term cash advance from the jobcentre to tide her over until her first benefit cheque but was not offered one. Jobcentre officials, she says, instead referred her to the charity-run Pecan food bank in south London to collect a food parcel. “I feel helpless and marginalised,” she said.

At Pecan, the claim made by the work and pensions minister Lord Freud last week that there was no evidence of a correlation between rising food bank use and welfare changes is regarded with incredulity.

Chris Price, Pecan’s executive director, says food banks risk becoming a precarious charitable safety net for a welfare system that is failing to provide the support to which claimants are entitled, and that that a voluntary project originally designed to meet tiny gaps in state provision is being almost imperceptibly sucked into a mainstream welfare role.

Local jobcentres and welfare changes are the biggest drivers of food bank demand, says Price. Benefits delays and benefits penalties, called sanctions, which typically result in claimants’ payments being stopped for six weeks, are driving up food bank demand to the point where Pecan is finding it hard to keep pace.

Although Freud insisted that the welfare system was designed to “support people with advances of benefit where they require it”, Price says that in his experience jobcentres are instead referring vulnerable claimants to food banks. “They [jobcentre staff] do not use it [the cash advances system] or they are advised not to use it.”

He adds: “The jobcentre official is saying to the claimants in effect: ‘We cannot give you any money, but here’s a voucher for a food bank because we don’t want to see you starving.’

“If claimants are coming to us instead of getting a short-term advance then they are getting food, but if we keep doing that it puts us in a position where we are becoming part of the welfare state.”

Pecan says the rapid growth in referrals from the local welfare system began a few months ago but has accelerated since April, when several welfare changes were introduced. Between 1 April and 31 May it fulfilled 486 vouchers, of which 117 came from three local jobcentres. Over the same period in 2012 none of the 134 vouchers fulfilled were from jobcentres.

Benefit changes – people being shifted from one benefit onto another – and benefit delays have accounted for 210 of those 486 vouchers, says Pecan. A further 33 food parcels were issued to people turned down for crisis help by the council’s crisis welfare scheme, which was introduced in April when the social fund was abolished.

Even that does not tell the full story, says Felicia Bolshorin, a Pecan staff member. People arrive at the food bank having been formally referred by other agencies, such as Citizens Advice, but when they are interviewed it often turns out that their financial problems are caused by benefit delays or loss altogether.

Bolshorin says she wrote to the local jobcentres a fortnight ago pleading with them to stop referring so many claimants, because the food bank was finding it difficult to cope with the demand. “Two weeks ago I interviewed 29 clients and 17 of them were referred from Jobcentre Plus. I’d say 99% of them had been sanctioned.”

Food banks like Pecan are dependant on the public donations for food, and Price says he is worried that the public will be more reluctant to give if they feel the food bank is being used as a substitute for social security entitlements.

In Bristol the founder of the Matthew Tree Project food bank, Mark Goodway, says it has purposefully refused to take referrals from Jobcentre Plus because it anticipated that it would not be able to cope with the number of referrals. But despite this, jobcentres gave out maps to claimants instructing them how to get to the food bank anyway.

Clients referred to the food bank by other agencies often have problems rooted in benefit delays or sanctions, says Goodway. “I saw a client [recently]. The good news was that his claim had been accepted. The bad news was that he was going to have to wait six to eight weeks for his money to come through.

“He will be destitute for up to eight weeks, and that’s happening across the board. What are these people supposed to live on?

UNEMPLOYED PUNISHED BECAUSE OF LACK OF VACCANCIES

A Selection Of Especially Stupid Sanctions

jcp-signThe number and length of benefit sanctions has risen hugely under the coalition. Two and a quarter million JSA claimants have had their money stopped, and since October 2012 sanctions are for a minimum of four weeks and a maximum of three years. ESA claimants can have 70% of their benefits stopped indefinitely. Imagine being without any income for a month, when your annual income is less than £4,000 a year – no chance of savings to fall back onto. Claimants go into debt, go hungry and use foodbanks, go into rent arrears or don’t turn on the heating when it’s cold. Now imagine being without any income for three years and what you’ll do then. On twitter next week, various CAB branches will participate in #CABLive, if you want to see the reality of life for many people at the moment, follow the hashtag.

Sanctions targets at the jobcentre are combined with a culture oozing out from IDS down to middle management to shopfloor staff that demonises claimants as lazy, shirkers, scroungers, wasters who will only get into work if they are forced. This combination creates a toxic situation where jobseekers are sanctioned for the most bizarre of reasons by advisors under pressure to reach targets – or some chasing them to win an easter egg, or those few who think the same as IDS or are on a powertrip and sanction just because they can. Here we present a few cases we’ve come across online, in newspapers and parliamentary debates. Remember that sanctions are supposedly there both to “incentivise” claimants into work (by making them starve) and to punish those who flagrantly break rules.

  • You work for 20 years, then because you haven’t had the process clearly explained to you, you miss an appointment, so you get sanctioned for 3 weeks. (source: Councillor John O’Shea)
  • You’re on a workfare placement, and your jobcentre appointment comes round. The jobcentre tells you to sign on then go to your placement which you do. The workfare placement reports you for being late and you get sanctioned for 3 months. (Source: DefiniteMaybe post on Mumsnet forums)
  • You’re five minutes late for your appointment, you show the advisor your watch which is running late, but you still get sanctioned for a month (source: Clydebank Post)
  • You apply for more jobs than required by your jobseeker’s agreement, but forgot to put down that you checked the local paper (which you’ve been specifically instructed to do via a jobseeker’s direction) so you get sanctioned (source: Steve Rose on twitter – part 1 . part 2)
  • You’re on contributions based JSA (which is JSA paid on the basis of National Insurance you’ve paid in, not on your level of income) and get your appointment day wrong and turn up on Thursday instead of Tuesday so you get a four week sanction (source: Cheesy Monkey comment )
  • It’s Christmas Day. You don’t do any jobsearch, because it’s Christmas Day. So you get sanctioned. For not looking to see if anyone has advertised a new job on Christmas Day. (source: Poverty Alliance)
  • You get an interview but it’s on the day of your nan’s funeral. You have 3 interviews the day before, and you try to rearrange the interview, but the company reports you to the jobcentre and you get sanctioned for failing to accept a job. (source: @TSAAPG on twitter – part 1 . part 2)
  • You get given the wrong forms, get sanctioned for not doing the right forms. (Source: Adventures in Workfare blog )
  • You’re sick and miss an appointment, but you’ve already missed one so you get sanctioned (Source: @thinktyler on twitter. Rules actually state you can miss a grand total of two appointments for illness each year – particularly harsh if you’re sick and have been wrongly kicked off ESA by ATOS)
  • You don’t apply for an IT job that needs skills you don’t have so you get sanctioned. (Source: Geminisnake on Urban75 forums )
  • You volunteer in a youth club. For some reason the jobcentre thinks this is paid work so they sanction you. (source: @ukeleleKris on twitter )
  • You attend a work programme interview so you miss your jobcentre appointement and get sanctioned (Source: CAB )
  • You’ve got no money to travel to look for work so you get sanctioned (source: CAB)
  • You have an interview which runs long, so you arrive at your jobcentre appointment 9 minutes late and get sanctioned for a month (source: jsdk posting on Consumer Action Group forums)
  • You’ve been unemployed for seven months and are forced onto a workfare scheme but can’t afford to travel to the shop. You offer to work in a different branch you can walk to but are refused and get sanctioned for not attending your workfare placement. (Source: Caroline Lucas MP)
  • You attend a family funeral and miss your jobcentre appointment so you get sanctioned. (Source: Derek Twigg MP)
  • You have a training appointment at the same time as your jobcentre appointment, you tell the jobcentre you won’t be coming but they say you have to, and to get a letter from your new training organisation. Your training organisation says they don’t provide letters. (Source: Russell Brown MP)
  • You are easily confused or have poor English language skills, you will be disproportionately targetted for sanctions (Source: Fiona Taggart MP)
  • You retire on the grounds of ill health and claim ESA. You go to your assessment and during the assessment you have a heart attack, so the nurse says they have to stop the assessment. You get sanctioned for not withdrawing from your assessment (Source: Debbie Abrahams MP)
  • You get a job, isn’t that great? The job doesn’t start for two weeks, so you don’t look for work in those two weeks, and get sanctioned for it. (Souce: The Guardian )

If the consequences of this madness were nil then it wouldn’t be a concern, but the consequences are huge for those affected. Some of these sanctions will have been overturned on appeal, months after the person has suffered as a result of having no money. Whilst many people support the principle of sanctions to remove benefit payments for people they think really aren’t trying to find work, the examples above are the direct result of having such sanctions available to be used and then pressuring staff to use them.

Sanctions are no help for jobseekers. They target the wrong problem. It doesn’t matter how hard you look for work when you are one of 2,500,000 unemployed people and there are only 400,000 jobs available. If we want to help people into work we need to create jobs, not punish individuals for being out of work during the worst recession for over 100 years.