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From the The Black Fingernail.

I am writing to you in connection with the above vacancy, which is being advertised in the Jobcentre. Because you have chosen to advertise this vacancy through the Jobcentre, a number of unemployed and formerly long-term sick people are going to be forced by the Jobcentre into applying for this vacancy under threat of having their benefits stopped if they refuse.

They will be advised to phone you to arrange an interview or ask if they can send you a CV/written application. The Jobcentre can force the unemployed to apply for any vacancy advertised through them, regardless of their suitability for that vacancy.

The unemployed are forbidden from disclosing that they have been told to apply for a vacancy; and nor can they refuse an offer of a job either. People who are forced into taking a job under threat of having their benefits stopped if they refuse will almost certainly harbour a great deal of anger and resentment. If you employ such a person then that anger could drive them into carrying out wanton acts of vandalism to your company running into thousands of pounds. Your fixtures and fittings could be damaged, for example. Fire alarms could go off repeatedly.

 Sickness may prevent them from doing a full week’s work. And that’s just for starters. Before you go getting your knickers in a twist, just be aware that people who remain unemployed do so for a variety of reasons. They may be caught in a benefits trap; they may have been wrongly forced off incapacity benefit; or they may be caring for an elderly relative. The Jobcentre also have what they call a ninety-minute rule. This means that if a vacancy is do-able by public transport within ninety minutes (an-hour-and-a half) from where the unemployed live then they have to apply for that vacancy.

To indicate to you that they do not want this job and that they only applied for it under threat of having their benefits stopped if they refused; they will scratch their noses. And it will be done in such a way as to leave you under no illusions as to where they are coming from. Should you choose to ignore this then you will have yourself the employee from hell; and all that it entails.


Written by Andrew Coates

January 9, 2011 at 11:35 am

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  1. Who would be the target for this letter? What type of employer?

    Many employers who advertise on the LMS system more than once are fully aware of this. This is one of the reasons why many employers refuse to get the free promotion.

    It isn’t about thinking the unemployed are lazy or worthless but the deal between Jobcentre Plus and the employer is that they (JCP) sends decent candidates to the employer… sending people who are:
    a) not qualified
    b) too far away
    c) not interested in the job
    d) only applying (with or without effort) to avoid a sanction

    Are of no good.

    Candidates must apply by their own accord otherwise it becomes slightly complicated – the genuine people who want the job and under recruitment monitoring/covering letter/application form state they were aware of the vacancy through the Jobcentre might be thought not to be actually interested when this simply isn’t true and those who applied through other avenues might get preferential treatment (for example 600 applications from Jobcentre Plus and 200 via other methods might be consolidated to the best of 600 applications get 4 interview slots and the best of the other 200 get 8 interview slots)

    2011 is a bad year for Jobcentre Plus and their LMS.. watch this space!

    Work Programme

    January 9, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    • Work Programme, I don’t know. I posted it because it was sent to us.

      I doesn’t strike me as a good idea.

      Andrew Coates

      January 10, 2011 at 3:26 pm

  2. Firms get powers to sack the slackers

    Companies are to be given greater freedom to sack under-performing workers as part of an overhaul of employment laws to boost the economic recovery.

    The new “employers’ charter” will allow companies to sack workers during the first two years of their employment without the threat of being taken to a tribunal for unfair dismissal.

    Currently an employee can bring an unfair dismissal claim after only a year.

    To reduce the number of vexatious allegations, workers will face a fee when lodging an employment tribunal claim.

    The Daily Telegraph can disclose that the Government is also launching a review that is likely to see small companies excluded from some stringent employment laws. The length of time that firms have to pay workers statutory sick pay is set to be reduced as part of the shake-up.

    David Cameron hopes that relaxed employment laws will help to boost the private sector and encourage firms to take on thousands of new workers.

    Downing Street will host a jobs summit on Monday at which some of the biggest employers – including Tesco, McDonalds, Microsoft and Shell — will promise to take on thousands of recruits and create apprenticeships for school leavers.

    The issue of jobs is likely to dominate the first day of the new parliamentary session as MPs return after the holiday recess.

    The Coalition will try to focus on its plans for economic growth, rather than public spending cuts.

    Mr Cameron said: “We can only get our economy back on track by creating a climate in which the private sector can grow and develop, creating jobs and opportunities for people across the country. This year the Government is determined to help deliver many thousands of new jobs and I’m delighted that the companies joining me today are part of that.

    “Across a whole range of areas you’re going to see the most pro-business, pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda ever unleashed by a government.

    “It’s time we looked forward to a positive, strong, confident Britain. By developing the right skills and jobs I am determined that the many, not the few will share in the country’s prosperity.”

    In total 19 major employers will attend today’s summit with other firms including Balfour Beatty, Centrica, Jaguar, Land Rover and Marks and Spencer.

    Downing Street said the Prime Minister would talk to employers about “what more the Government can do to enable employers to get Britain working again”.

    Currently workers can pursue a claim for unfair dismissal after a year of full-time employment.

    This is expected to be increased to two years, a move that does not require new legislation.

    A similar rise was introduced in the 1980s, leading to an increase in employment. The one-year limit was proposed in 1996 and enacted by the Labour government.

    Claims for discrimination can be lodged after any term of employment.

    Companies also have to pay statutory sick pay of at least £79.15 for up to 28 weeks to those unable to work. The period of payment by employers may be reduced in future.

    Mr Cameron is expected to order a wider review of employment laws to slash the red tape for smaller companies.

    These firms are seen as the key to securing the economic recovery and encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs.

    Many small and medium-sized firms complain that they are being hindered by employment rules introduced over the past decade.

    Ministers are expected to contrast the “employers’ charter” with the European-led social charter introduced by Labour which boosted workers’ rights.

    A Whitehall source said: “The thrust of the initiative is that to persuade companies to hire people we need to make it easier to fire those workers who aren’t up to the job, so there is less risk in taking on new people, especially the young.” The plan, which will be officially announced after the Oldham and Saddleworth by-election on Thursday, is expected to be fiercely opposed by the trade unions.

    Workers’ leaders have warned of the consequences of encouraging “second rate employers” by weakening labour laws.

    The TUC is planning mass protests against Government cuts in the spring and the “employers’ charter” could further antagonise the unions.

    Mr Cameron said yesterday that he would not be “pushed around” by the unions.

    “Striking is not going to achieve anything,” he said. “The trade unions need to know they’re not going to be able to push anyone around by holding this strike, or that strike or even a whole lot of strikes together.

    “This Government is a very strong government. It’s got a strong majority. I believe the public is right behind the approach that we are taking and people need to know we will not change course because one union or another union wants to kick off.”

    Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, will join the debate on jobs today, by holding a press conference to attack the Government’s approach to tackling youth unemployment. Mr Miliband is expected to say: “The first thing Mr Cameron should be addressing at his meeting today is the risk of a lost generation of young people in this country.

    “He should follow Labour’s advice and keep the Future Jobs Fund which would mean 100,000 extra jobs for young people. There will be a looming gap in the help given to unemployed young people.This decision to betray young people is not just unfair it is the wrong long-term economic judgment for our country.”

    The Government’s employment policies were also criticised by the shadow minister for equality and women.

    Yvette Cooper pointed out that women were likely to be hardest hit by the proposals because they were often in shorter term employment.

    “The Government is already hitting women hardest in their pockets through cuts in child benefit and child tax credit,” she said. “Now these plans look likely to hit hardest at women’s jobs, because women are more likely to be in shorter term work.

    “It is typical of this deeply unfair government to claim the only way to bring unemployment down is to make it easier to sack people who have been doing jobs between one and two years.”


    The Torygraph

    January 10, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    • My comments:

      1) All the con-servatives talk about is cutting red tape for small businesses. Anyone notice that its bankers, politicians and HUGE businesses (including their shareholders) that always strive forward.

      2) Ed Egg Head is an idiot. ConDem(n) Government is still carrying on Labours previous attempts (except scrapping the unsustainable Future Jobs Fund) which were shit. Labours New Deal and Flexible New Deal is still currently running (?) to be replaced with Conservative Work Programme later this year.

      Nothing has changed in real terms as the cut in FJF was for later recruits – those already on FJF didn’t lose their jobs, funding was secured. Funding was available until April 2011 I believe, just it was stopped for future funding.

      3) Con-servatives actually have it covered. Scrap FJF and replace it with an almost identical scheme but this time bypass the NMW to either save half the money it would cost or get double the people.

      4) Education cut. Shared room rate until 35. Being poorer as being forced to accept half the NMW just to have a job. (I actually quite like the concept… if, and only if… rent, food, utility bills, non-food items, vat, house prices etc. all were halved too… this wont happen though)

      Work Programme

      January 10, 2011 at 5:01 pm

      • Oh, and my comments in rounded brackets were made solely due to the half NMW rate.

        Cuts in education and the shared room rates are bad ideas!!

        Work Programme

        January 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm

  3. £2.50 hourly wage call for doing work experience

    Published Date: 10 January 2011
    By Alan Jones
    The government was urged today to introduce a £2.50 an hour training wage for work- experience placements lasting for three months or longer.
    The idea is part of a number of measures suggested by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) aimed at boosting the UK’s economic recovery.

    The group’s Blueprint for Growth also includes extending the right to request flexible
    working to all employees and establishing mediation in employment tribunal claims.

    John Philpott, chief economic adviser to the CIPD, said: “The government wants to foster a strong private sector-led economic recovery but we have yet to see a coherent strategy for economic growth to sit alongside the Chancellor’s very clear-cut approach to reducing the fiscal deficit.

    “The coalition needs to show greater urgency in implementing measures to help boost the long-run supply side capacity of the UK economy, which must include efforts to boost productivity by improving the way in which businesses manage the people they employ.

    “The Chancellor should also demonstrate a willingness to ensure there is sufficient demand in the economy to reduce the considerable unused capacity available at present, and if necessary revise the speed and scale of the planned fiscal squeeze.”


    The Scotsman

    January 10, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    • Covered… http://www.workprogramme.org.uk/20101114896/training-wage-bill.html

      Please Note: A £2.50 an hour NMW rate already exists for apprenticeships.

      Also, please note the Training Wage Bill aims to bypass the NMW legislation with the lowest NMW rate at £2.50 … the actual amount could be less than this figure.

      Work Programme is 7 years long… and sanctions for refusing work (including these placements) is (up to) 3 years!!

      This means you are bullied into taking this work OR get sanctions.

      Yes it helps businesses as reduces the cost of employing people… shafts the employee though. Work Experience Placement or whatever you want to call it… will be an actual job temporary in duration.

      Say F*** YOU to the middle class tory scum and protest about this! I had tried to obtain a copy of the Bill months ago from the MP who has refused to co-operate.

      Work Programme

      January 10, 2011 at 4:46 pm

      • Looks like we are going to have to wait until 18 March and the Second Reading of this Bill when it will be “printed” to read the text of the Bill.

        Campaign for Open and Transparent Government

        January 10, 2011 at 6:10 pm

  4. Training Wage Bill: a Bill to make provision that persons receiving a training wage are exempt from legislation relating to the minimum wage; and for connected purposes.

    And this: Minimum Wage (Amendment) Bill: a Bill to enable the national minimum wage to be varied to reflect local labour market conditions; and for connected purposes. Second Reading and “printing” on Friday 4 March 2011.

    Campaign for Open and Transparent Government

    January 10, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    • The amendment bill is a good idea for a new London set of rates, however, will likely involve many areas getting less then they are now – probably Ipswich, Lowestoft etc.

      Work Programme

      January 10, 2011 at 9:08 pm

      • It’s hardly likely to be a London “weighting” like the coppers get – a premium on top of the minimum wage. It’s more likely to be that London will be the top whack for minimum wage and other areas will get less. Effectively a reduction in minimum wage for whole country except London.
        You got to learn to think like a ConDem(n)!

        Bone Soup

        January 10, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      • And how can ANYONE living ANYWHERE in the UK live on less than the minimum wage? The basic cost of living is pretty much the same where ever you go.

        Bone Soup

        January 10, 2011 at 9:27 pm

      • Exactly, what I am thinking. The concept of inflated wages for London is good but will lower wages elsewhere.

        Work Programme

        January 11, 2011 at 4:45 pm

  5. And this, Employment Opportunities Bill: a Bill to introduce more freedom, flexibility and opportunity for those seeking employment in the public and private sectors; and for connected purposes. Second Reading and “printing” on Friday 17 June.

    Campaign for Open and Transparent Government

    January 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    • Its nonsense. This only means “positive discrimination” probably something like greater opportunities for migrants… the people who are taking (some of) the jobs already!

      Work Programme

      January 10, 2011 at 9:03 pm

  6. And these, Tribunals (maximum Compensation Awards) Bill: a Bill to enable maximum limits to be established for compensation in tribunal awards for cases involving unlawful discrimination; and for connected purposes. Second Reading and “printing” on Friday 17 June.

    National Service Bill: a Bill to provide a system of national service for young persons; and for connected purposes. Second Reading and “printing” on Friday 4 March.

    Campaign for Open and Transparent Government

    January 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    • Yes I also request information on the National Service Bill – without any success.

      Most Bills are by two MPs funnily enough.

      We have to assume its workfare.

      Work Programme

      January 10, 2011 at 8:50 pm

      • It will be a NATIONAL CITIZENS SERVICE. There will be Compulsory work in the community. Also Training so that you learn respect and discipline

        No it Aint Workfare

        January 11, 2011 at 12:07 pm

  7. The latest nonsense…

    Nick Clegg to speak up for ‘alarm clock Britain’

    Nick Clegg will today begin his campaign to speak up for what he describes as “alarm clock Britain” – people on middle and low incomes who are anxious about their standard of living – when he visits a building merchant’s yard in south London to meet shift workers loading trucks.

    He has been working on the concept – his version of Ed Miliband’s “squeezed middle” – for months, holding seminars with policy experts such as the Resolution Foundation, as well as the Cabinet Office, and sees the group as being defined as much by character as income levels.

    The key characteristics of alarm clock Britons are that they rise early, at present in the dark, work long, sometimes unpredictable shifts for relatively little money, and play by the rules. They resent those not in work and on welfare.

    Clegg, who points to his policy of taking low-income groups out of basic-rate tax by raising allowances, has been frustrated that his single most important tax policy, adopted by the coalition government and incorporated in the budget, has been drowned out in the discussion of spending cuts.

    David Laws, the former Treasury chief secretary, has been deployed to work through the policy implications, including for tax credits, home ownership and even pensions. One policy implication is likely to be extra help for this group to find affordable private-sector rented accommodation. The development of the theme is also intriguing since it looks as if Clegg is trying to work up a distinctive Liberal Democrat policy agenda. At one point he was going to call the group early birds – an idea that has echoes of Nicholas Sarkozy’s campaign slogan phrase la France qui se lève tôt – France that gets up early. Sarkozy first used the speech in March 2005 at the National Council of the UMP, and has repeatedly returned to the theme with varying degrees of success.

    But the policy also draws on work being done by the US vice President Joe Biden.

    In an interview yesterday Clegg emphasised his policy of increasing personal allowances. He said: “We are going to put £200 back in the pocket of every single basic rate taxpayer from 5 April onwards, and by the end of this Parliament it will be £700, as we move towards this central pledge of making sure that no one pays any income tax on the first £10,000 they earn.”

    Gavin Kelly, a former aide to Gordon Brown, now beginning to dominate the market analysing the phenomenon of squeezed Britons, has been one of the people putting forward ideas for low and middle income Britain.

    He said yesterday: “I am supportive about the perfectly reasonable objective of raising personal allowances, but the Liberal Democrats have to think all this through. A tax cut of £200 will receive no thanks from the public if it comes alongside other cuts to benefits that make working families much worse off, and that’s before the rise in VAT which will set back the average middle income family by £200.

    “The impact of the cut in support for childcare which means many working women will lose an average of nearly £500 from April. That has the potential to be political poison. Similarly there has been little discussion about the impact of national insurance changes, which will benefit the very poorest income tax payers but hurt those basic rate taxpayers and above earning £25,000.

    “They also need to rethink their attitude to public services. If they want to help those working unpredictable shifts, then they have to talk about issues like expanding Breakfast clubs and and early morning GP access, issues about which they have said little, partly because they are opposed to public service guarantees.”


    Crystal Balls

    January 11, 2011 at 9:39 am

    • What’s Nick Clegg on about? The alarm clock is obselete!

      Has time runs out for the alarm clock?

      Sound the alarm – the traditional bedside clock is fast becoming extinct.

      Time is nearly up for the alarm clock as Britons choose gadgets such as MP3 players or mobile phones to wake them.

      More than 70 per cent of us regard old-style alarm clocks as obsolete, according to a study of how the nation likes to start its day.

      Sixteen million – or 36 per cent of adults – now prefer to be woken by their mobile’s ring tone than a beeping alarm clock.

      Radio programmes such as Terry Wogan’s BBC show were another popular way of waking while others set their television to broadcast breakfast programmes such as GMTV.

      Partners, children, the ‘body clock’ or even pets are also relied on to announce the beginning of another day, said the study, which was carried out for the Travelodge hotel chain.

      Leigh McCarron, the company’s ‘ director of sleep’, said there was less demand for alarm clocks and wake-up calls.

      ‘Now customers are happy to use the alarm function on their mobile phone,’ he said. Dr Chris Idzikowski, director of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre, said the traditional clock was not the most gentle way to end sleep.

      ‘The alarm clock’s strident ringing tone can be a shock to the body and mind,’ he said. ‘My recommendation is to wake up naturally.’

      The poll also examined what other outdated bedroom gadgets and accessories still hold a place in people’s hearts.

      One in five said they would like the Teasmade to make an early-morning comeback.


      No more rude awakenings?

      Talking of a place to lay your weary head, how do you guarantee a good night’s sleep if your other half is an early riser? Lark founder Julia Hu promised the crowd at Techcrunch Disrupt a way to make the alarm clock obsolete.

      She describes her product as “pajamas for the wrist” – it’s a wristband that receives a signal from the user’s smartphone and “emits a gentle vibration that wakes you up, no matter how deep a sleep you are in.”

      “Most people have smartphones,” said Ms Hu, “and we are using that technology to get you up and let your other half snooze.”

      Goblin Teasmade :-)

      January 11, 2011 at 12:57 pm

  8. “They resent those not in work and on welfare”

    tragic isn’t , People on low incomes resenting the concept of a welfare state, amazing how far they’ve been brainwashed.

    what if these people on low-middle incomes lose their jobs, get ill, have an accident?..presumably they’d still “resent people on welfare out of work”

    Samuel L Jackson

    January 11, 2011 at 11:04 am

  9. Happiness is having a job, and the salary doesn’t matter

    Having a job is more important to people than how much they are paid, according to the first official inquiry into what makes Britons happy.

    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) analysed responses from more than 2,000 people to David Cameron’s initiative to measure the nation’s wellbeing.

    The emerging results showed that job security, personal health and relationships with family members were at the top of most people’s concerns, and were cited by nine out of 10 of those responding to the ONS consultation.

    Other key ingredients of a happy life were parents’ sense of the security of their children’s future, with couples keen that their children have a good life and a nice place to live; the freedom of society; and spiritual and religious beliefs.

    Respondents were more likely to rate having a job as important to them than being paid a high salary.

    Anastasia de Waal, a social policy analyst at the think tank Civitas, said employment was central to people’s sense of identity and wellbeing.

    “A job is about your life, it is not about your income,” she said.

    “It is about every aspect – having the motivation to get up in the morning, self-esteem and being a role model to your children. Income is almost secondary to that.

    “People’s lives fall apart if they don’t have a job. They are much more likely to be depressed if they are out of work, and there is a strong relationship between unemployment and family breakdown and health difficulties.”

    The Prime Minister launched the programme in November, in an attempt to create a broader measure of Britain’s success than the performance of the economy.

    Mr Cameron said governments had a role in helping people “feel better” and that the national wellbeing index should help politicians and wider society “build a better life”.

    Paul Allin, director of the wellbeing project at the ONS, said the initiative would combine objective data, such as crime, employment and life expectancy rates, with subjective measures, such as fear of crime, job satisfaction and self-reported health, to give “a more complete picture of national wellbeing”.

    “We want to encourage people to tell us what matters to them,” he said.

    “The more responses we have to the debate, the more realistic a picture of the UK we will have.”

    The ONS consultation will run until April.


    The Torygraph

    January 11, 2011 at 2:06 pm

  10. “A job is about your life, it is not about your income,” she said.

    “It is about every aspect – having the motivation to get up in the morning, self-esteem and being a role model to your children. Income is almost secondary to that.

    The Torygraph

    January 11, 2011 at 2:07 pm

  11. Hear Digby “Chubby Cheeks” Jones on BBC Radio 4’s World at One peddling as he attempts to justify why hard-working taxpayers should pay bankers obscene amounts of money.

    “if we get a reputation around the world that this is the place where you don’t earn a bonus, and that will be the way it’s seen then you will lose the most enormous amount of talent here and the fact of the matter and no matter how unpalatable this is to listeners, no matter how unpalatable it is to everybody who is seeking for a fairer world, the fact of the matter is that the financial services community of the United Kingdom delivers 20% of the entire tax-take of the country. That’s 1 in 5 of all the tax pounds spent on schools and hospitals and everything else comes from this amazing global business” [sic] 🙂


    13:30 – 14:08

    Full segment: 10:52 – 18:00

    The World at One

    January 11, 2011 at 3:45 pm



    January 26, 2011 at 10:45 pm

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